December 28, 2007, Newsletter Issue #96: Buying Archaeological Artifacts

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If your adventure travel interest is archaeology, you may want to buy archaeological artifacts. Everyplace where you find archaeological digs, you will find people who offer to sell you artifacts. A few of these places are legitimate and sell only items that are so common that some can be sold.

If you arenīt sure, check with the local government, tour guide, or the concierge of your hotel. There are two good reasons for caution. First, the fabrication of fake antiquities is rampant in many areas with archaeology sites. Second, the artifact might be looted. If it came from an illegal archaeological dig, you might face some awkward moments while bringing it back through customs.

Moreover, an artifactīs scientific value is destroyed if it is removed from an archaeology site without careful documentation. If you must have an artifact or something like it, look for quality reproductions in gift shops, or buy only from a licensed dealer who can give you a solid provenance for your artifacts.

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