Looting Matters: Is the Archaeology of the Balkans Under Threat?

June 5, 2009

SWANSEA, Wales, June 5 /PRNewswire/ — David Gill, archaeologist, considers the scale of looting that has taken place in parts of the Balkans since the 1990s.

In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) it has been estimated that some one million archaeological objects have left the country since its independence in 1991. One of the pieces that FYROM archaeologist Pasko Kuzman would like to see returned is a large bronze wine-mixing bowl (krater). This was apparently taken from a sixth century BCE burial mound at Koreschnica, a site located to the north-west of Demir Kapija on the north side of the river Vardar.

Bulgaria is also suffering similar damage to its archaeological record. In 2007 it was suggested that some 16,000 objects had been looted from archaeological sites over a ten month period. Among the material that Bulgarian authorities have been trying to reclaim is a hoard of Byzantine silver reported to have been found at Pazardzhik.

Such developed looting is compromising the future study of the cultural history of the region.

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