ARH302 Article Paper - 1 Lets Dig In By Michael Tam F 1-2...

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2 Although Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of lust & sexual desire, to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, she symbolizes foul play. The museum‘s recent purchase of a large marble statue in Aphrodite’s image, along with many other pieces, has come under scrutiny. The piece in question, because it has no traceable provenance, is thought to be purchased from looters. This is an ugly blemish against the museum’s policy of having documented evidence of when and under what circumstances all acquisitions were excavated, and transported to America. This is not the only piece in question! Forty other pieces thought to be stolen were returned in December of 2010. Other museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum in New York have also returned contested pieces. Sifting through the blocks of texts, one can glean the following from this article: looting is inevitable. Because ghost artifacts, like the aforementioned statue are worth millions of dollars, museums will often buy pieces under the table for a fraction of the piece’s worth. While this may seem to be a win-win situation, when something like this happens, the context of the piece becomes lost. Unfortunately, looters are not trained archaeologists. When they take a piece
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