[Northkeep] FW: FYI--Period artifacts for sale
marccarlson20 at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 30 07:52:12 PDT 2003
>From: "Niewoehner, Hugh" <hughn at SSD.FSI.com>
>>...Roman coins, Phoenician beads, Mesopotamian clay tablet, etc...
Just a word of caution. Be careful when dealing with antiquities dealiers
and find out swhat sort of reputation the individual has. There is a VERY
bad problem today in looting of archaeological sites (and more recently,
museums) and these items are frequently picked up in good faith by people
who don't know any better. I don't know if these people are legit or not,
but I didnt' see anything on the site saying where the stuff came from or
how they acquired it.
I know that getting to own the real thing is really cool, but the line
between buying something legit and actively supporting the looting of
archaeological remains (an act I personally feel should be given the death
penalty, the looting that is, not the supporting) is so blurry as to be
mpossible to distinguish.
Sorry for the lecture - just one of those things.
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