History Lost

Brodie, N. and Apostolidis, A. (2007), History Lost (Athens: Hellenic Foundation for Culture/Anemon Productions).

Written by the University of Cambridge archaeologist Neil Brodie, Greek crime novelist Andreas Apostolidis and British art journalist Peter Watson, the exhibition traces the looting of archaeological sites around the world and demonstrates how objects lose their historic value when taken out of their native setting.

The trade in looted antiquities has been a controversial topic among museum heads and cultural patrimony officials in recent months, with Greece and Italy demanding the return of illegally excavated artefacts from major museums, such as the Getty in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.