[Ancientartifacts] A Glimpse into Our Future?

Spain Breaks Up Internet-Trading Ring for Stolen Artifacts

http://tinyurl.com/4pdw4z [Bloomberg]

Spanish police said they broke up a nationwide network of Internet trading
in artifacts, seizing more than 22,000 stolen objects including ancient
coins, human bones and pre-Roman swords.

Twenty people were arrested in Spanish cities in the south and east, as well
as on the island of Ibiza, the Civil Guard said in an e-mailed statement

``Internet auction sites became an important meeting point between the
pillagers and their buyers,'' the statement said. ``The looting caused
irreparable damage to the archaeological sites, some of which were
previously unknown.''



It can't happen here?

True, US law does not presently prohibit open Internet trading in ancient
artifacts, unless they can be positively identified as actually having been
stolen from an individual or institution, or illegally imported into the

That, however, is not satisfactory to the anti-collecting lobby. They will
not rest until US law has been changed to make it as restrictive as what
prevails in "source states" such as Spain.

Dave Welsh
Unidroit-L Listowner


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