Networks of Plunder
Archaeologists tracing the labyrinth of antiquities trafficking hope to shut it down, or at least slow it up
By Bruce Bower, 09:58 AM March 12, 2009
Every day for months, Morag Kersel walked through the streets of Jerusalem to interview researchers, antiquities dealers, museum officials and others about the trafficking of ancient goods: pottery, sawed-off pieces of statues, decorated blocks sliced off the tops of ancient door frames, and biblical coins, to name a few.
One day in 2003, Kersel, then a graduate student in archaeology, came face-to-face with a thriving Middle Eastern trade in ancient, looted coins that had been right under h...
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