I love being part of the Women in Archaeology Podcast! Episode summary: Today the panel discusses the Hague’s decision to try the destruction of Cultural Sites a War Crime. What is the benefit to this? What does this mean for the future of protecting sensitive cultural sites? And how can we prevent the destruction in the first place?
I actually had this conversation at a party–okay, it’s a little exaggerated, but this person really had skull fragments and artifacts from a site he visited back in the 1970s. He said the site had been badly looted, so what did it matter if he took stuff, too? Everyone else was doing it. I kept hinting at repatriation and how wrong it is to steal artifacts, but it fell on deaf ears. People need to understand that it’s both unethical and illegal to remove artifacts from archaeological sites. It doesn’t matter if ‘everyone is doing it.’