But this makes Antiquity a plaything of the modern humbug - of national vanity, of antiwestern dogma, of political correctness, and the academic's disdain for the very idea of profit. None of which will prevent the looting. The Cultural Heritage Crusade, in short, is not an answer to the problem. It may actually be the problem. This book is both a philosophical analysis and a demonstration - in one country, Egypt - of its horrific consequences.
Keywords: Smuggling, Egypt, antiquities, heritage, cultural heritage, ancient artefacts, Elgin Marbles, archaeology, looting, cultural heritage crusade, archaeological ethics, history, ancient history, private property, prohibition, black market, conservation, politics