Anthropology, Department of



Tamie Sawaged

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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 15 (1999-2000). Copyright © Tamie Sawaged; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


The collecting of cultural remains and the looting of sites have serious repercussions for the preservation of the archaeological record. The scientific community has long bemoaned this situation but has developed few effective, proactive measures to stem the activities of collectors and looters. This lack of success can be attributed partially to a failure in researching and understanding the driving forces behind the collecting phenomenon. Thus, this paper has several main goals: to provide the archaeologist with some basic understanding of the collecting culture from the collector's perspective; to encourage the use of an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to address this issue; and to offer suggestions for the creation of new initiatives.

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