Crime, controversy and the comments section: discussing archaeological looting, trafficking, and the illicit antiquities trade online

Yates, D. and Lambert, M. (2015) Crime, controversy and the comments section: discussing archaeological looting, trafficking, and the illicit antiquities trade online. Internet Archaeology(39), (doi:10.11141/ia.39.6)

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Abstract

In this article we will discuss the challenges involved in presenting the looting of archaeological sites and the illicit trade in cultural property to the interested public. We will contrast our experiences of building two popular illicit antiquities-focused blogs (Things You Can't Take Back and Anonymous Swiss Collector) with the process of developing an informative academic website on the same topic (Trafficking Culture). We will discuss our motivations for starting these blogs, our struggles with the tone of the popular discourse on this topic, and our inability to escape our own emotions; why we have moved away from illicit antiquities blogging in the past year and why we are coming back. Finally, having learned from our mistakes, we will make recommendations to others wishing to engage with the public about sensitive issues via social media.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yates, Dr Donna
Authors: Yates, D., and Lambert, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Internet Archaeology
Publisher:Council for British Archaeology
ISSN:1363-5387
ISSN (Online):1363-5387

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