Failures and consequences of anti-antiquities trafficking policy in Mesoamerica
Yates, D. (2019), “Failures and consequences of anti-antiquities trafficking policy in Mesoamerica”, in C. Tremain, & D. Yates (Eds.), The Market for Mesoamerica: Reflections on the Sale and Acquisition of Pre-Columbian Collections. Gainsville: University Press Florida
Few countries have enacted legislation that provides blanket protection against the import of looted antiquities from other countries (Brodie and Renfrew 2005, 347), meaning that international conventions such as the 1970 UNESCO convention serve as the backbone of our global efforts to regulate the looting, trafficking, and sale of illicit antiquities. It has been more than four decades since the drafting of this convention, yet few practical evaluations of the successes or failures of this and other policy interventions within targeted local contexts have been made.