A Web Log Championing the Longstanding Interests of Collectors in the Preservation, Study, Display and Enjoyment of Cultural Artifacts Against an "Archaeology Over All" Perspective
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Report from Isreal: Antiquities Still There for the Buying
Some archaeological commentators imply that antiquities trading in the Middle East is forbidden, but while this may be true in places like Egypt, Syria and Iraq, this is certainly not true in democracies like Israel and Lebanon. Indeed, CPO's "eyes and ears" in the Middle East, Arthur Houghton, reports that loads of antiquities are still there for the buying in places like the Old City of Jerusalem. So, by all means, next time CPO's readers are in Jerusalem, look, and perhaps buy a piece of history.
Peter Tompa has collected ancient coins for thirty years. He has written and lectured about cultural property issues for a decade. He is a contributor to a chapter on numismatics in K. Fitz Gibbon ed., "Who Owns the Past?" (Rutgers 2005). He has lobbied members of the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch in an effort to ensure that the small businesses of the numismatic trade receive fair treatment from federal regulators. He currently serves as a board member of the Cultural Policy Research Institute and the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. He also has been a vice-chair of the American Bar Association's Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee. His advocacy has received notice in the media, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Art Newspaper and the Voice of America. He hopes his views as a collector and lawyer will provide a counterpoint to the "archaeology over all" perspective found in most blogs about cultural property issues. This Web page is a public resource for general information and opinion about cultural property issues, and is not intended to be a source for legal advice.