Study Reveals Looting of Archaeological Sites as Massive Global Problem

05 Jan 2013 11:46 AM | Anonymous

Study Reveals Looting of Archaeological Sites as Massive Global Problem

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Archaeologists report the issue of looting as widespread and frequent.

Study Reveals Looting of Archaeological Sites as Massive Global Problem

Based on the results of a recently conducted global survey, pervasive looting at archaeological sites is broad based and frequent. The numbers suggest serious implications for the preservation of the world's cultural heritage and in understanding or rediscovering human history.  

The survey, conducted by Blythe Bowman Proulx, assistant professor of criminal justice in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, collected information through a structured questionnaire sent electronically to more than 14,400 field archaeologists throughout the world. The survey was designed to collect information about their personal experiences with looting at archaeological sites, with the objective of developing a picture of the nature, geographic scope, and frequency of looting and site destruction within local and global contexts. 

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2012/article/study-reveals-looting-of-archaeological-sites-as-massive-global-problem
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