The Trade in Looted Antiquities and the Return of Cultural
Property: A British Parliamentary Inquiry
David Gill a1andChristopher Chippindale a2 a1 Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Wales Swansea a2 Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The British parliamentary report on Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade was published in 2000. Three key areas were addressed: the illicit excavation and looting of antiquities, the identification of works of art looted by Nazis, and the return of cultural property now residing in British collections. The evidence presented by interested parties—including law enforcement agencies and dealers in antiquities—to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee is assessed against the analysis of collecting patterns for antiquities. The lack of self regulation by those involved in the antiquities market supports the view that the British Government needs to adopt more stringent legislation to combat the destruction of archaeological sites by looting.