BAR 23:02, Mar/Apr 1997
How Forgers Reduce Site Looting
In contrast to the self-righteous scholars and antiquities department bureaucrats who want to solve the problem of looting by putting antiquities dealers out of businesssomething that everyone knows doesnt work and simply drives the market undergroundone group of people, and, at least for the time being, only one group of people, is actually doing something to reduce site looting and to discourage collecting. That group is the forgers!
BAR hereby joins forces with the forgers because we want to reduce and, if possible, stop looting. Toward that end we are on record as discouraging collecting.e The difference between BAR and the forgers, however, is that our purpose is to stop the looting and discourage collecting; the forgers purpose is to deceive and thereby make money. That the forgers may also discourage collecting and thereby decrease the market for looted objects is an unintended consequence of their actions.