Archaeological Discovery and Theft

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The list author says: "Who owns antiquity? That's a question art historians, collectors, and museums are asking themselves. Do the Elgin Marbles belong in the British Museum, or at the Parthenon? Is the rightful home of the Rosetta Stone in Egypt, or in the Louvre, where Napoleon wanted it, or in the British Museum, where it is housed. How about the treasures plundered from the Iraqi Museum during the war? Did Howard Carter do the Egyptians wrong when he opened the tombs in the Valley of the Kings? How about the Taliban destruction of Buddhist statues? Egypt's Director of Antiquities said in 2003, the 250th anniversary of the British acquisition of the Rosetta Stone:
"If the British want to be remembered, if they want to restore their reputation, they should volunteer to return the Rosetta Stone because it is the icon of our Egyptian identity"."
Discovery!: Unearthing the New Treasures of Archaeology
1.  Discovery!: Unearthing the New Treasures of Archaeology by Brian M. Fagan
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Archaeology: Discovering Our Past
2.  Archaeology: Discovering Our Past by Robert J. Sharer
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World Prehistory and Archaeology: Pathways through Time
3.  World Prehistory and Archaeology: Pathways through Time by Michael Chazan
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The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru (Revised Edition)
4.  The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru (Revised Edition) by Michael E. Moseley
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The Near East: Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization' (Experiences of Archaeology)
5.  The Near East: Archaeology in the 'Cradle of Civilization' (Experiences of Archaeology) by Charles Keith Maisels
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Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey
6.  Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
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  "Turkey has archaeological treasures from several different cultures..Byantine, Ottoman, Islamic and Christian."
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Uzebekistan: The Golden Road to Samarakand
7.  Uzebekistan: The Golden Road to Samarakand by Bradley Mayhew
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  "Ever since I read about Marco Polo as a kid, I've beeen fascinated with the Silk Road. Spices,  fabrics, incense, myrrh ... all romantic stuff."
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The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum
8.  The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum by Lawrence Rothfield
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Who Owns Antiquity?: Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage
9.  Who Owns Antiquity?: Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage by James B. Cuno
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  "This is a troubling subject for large metropolitan museums like the Getty and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Native countries are demanding the return of objets d'art which they say were wrongfully removed from their homeland."
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Farmers, Temples and Tombs: Scotland in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (Making of Scotland S.)
10.  Farmers, Temples and Tombs: Scotland in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (Making of Scotland S.) by Gordon Barclay
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Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
11.  Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place by Mary Lee Settle
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In the Valley of the Kings: Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb
12.  In the Valley of the Kings: Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb by Daniel Meyerson
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Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt
13.  Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh
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The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma
14.  The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
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The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire
15.  The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire by Andrew Marshall
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  "Burma's military strongmen are systematically destroying one of the oldest and most diverse cultures in Asia. The history of Burman is probably a good argument for colonialism."
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The Terra Cotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation
16.  The Terra Cotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation by John Man
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  "Eight thousand life-sized statues of warriors,horsmen, and weapons... each individual."
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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
17.  The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas
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Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property
18.  Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property by Margaret Melanie Miles
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Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World
19.  Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World by Roger Atwood
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Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World
20.  Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman
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The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World)
21.  The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt (Wonders of the World) by John D. Ray
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  "The Rosetta Stone was discovered by a French soldier during Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1799. The British defeated the French in the Napoleonic Wars and recovered the Rosetta Stone, which they placed in the British Museum.A Frenchman deciphered it. Now the E gyptians want it back, calling it the centerpiece of their cultural heritage."
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Rescuing the Past: The Cultural Heritage Crusade
22.  Rescuing the Past: The Cultural Heritage Crusade by Jonathan Tokeley
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The Politics of Display: Museums, Science, Culture (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management)
23.  The Politics of Display: Museums, Science, Culture (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management) by Sharon Macdonald
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The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions it Aroused
24.  The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions it Aroused by Theodore Vrettos
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The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification
25.  The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification by Christopher Hitchens
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Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography
26.  Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography by I. K. I︠A︡zykova
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Windows into Heaven: The Icons and Spirituality of Russia (Art & Spirit)
27.  Windows into Heaven: The Icons and Spirituality of Russia (Art & Spirit) by Simon Jenkins
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MAYA HOW A GREAT CULTURE ROSE AND FELL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AUGUST 2007 MESOAMERICA MAP!
28.  MAYA HOW A GREAT CULTURE ROSE AND FELL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AUGUST 2007 MESOAMERICA MAP! by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE
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The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone
29.  The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone by Daniel Meyerson
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The Museum: Behind the Scenes at the British Museum
30.  The Museum: Behind the Scenes at the British Museum by Rupert Smith
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The Victoria and Albert Museum
31.  The Victoria and Albert Museum by Lucy Trench
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  "One of the great storehouses of decorative arts. The "V&A" contains thousands of pieces of jewelry, metalwork, furnishings, fabrics and just about everything else you can think of ...probably including the Kitchen Sink."
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