"Unexpected Finding on Ebay and The Antiquities Market from Archaeology Magazine: Our greatest fear was that the Internet would democratize antiquities trafficking and lead to widespread looting. This seemed a logical outcome of a system in which anyone could open up an eBay site and sell artifacts dug up by locals anywhere in the world. We feared that an unorganized but massive looting campaign was about to begin, with everything from potsherds to pieces of the Great Wall on the auction block for a few dollars. But a very curious thing has happened. It appears that electronic buying and selling has actually hurt the antiquities trade. How is it possible? The short answer is that many of the primary "producers" of the objects have shifted from looting sites to faking antiquities."
Archaeological Institute of America - THERE IS NO BRIGHT SIDE TO THIS.
My argument is that while MANY of the primary sellers may have switched to "faking antiquities" - still EBAY allows the rest to sell the authentic antiquities and still legitimizes the mentality that selling scientific evidence in online and offline auction houses is an acceptable practice.
Question - - if the Cahokia axe that was recently stolen was not seen as something that could be sold pretty easily on or offline - do you REALLY think it would have been stolen in the first place? Folks - I really believe that it is time to have ZERO TOLERANCE for any mechanism that allows the opportunity for even ONE piece of scientific evidence to be sold in this manner.
Many of you have read my recent postings that have made me feel this strongly about this topic - but if you have not - you can access some them here:
I look forward to the feedback.