Thursday, October 05, 2006

Agreement to control sale of antiquities on eBay,,1886549,00.html
At the moment this agreement has only been made with Britain, but it will hopefully provide a useful precedent for negotiations with other countries. Amongst many items of considerable international heritage value, Egyptian antiquities, including some fine Predynastic vessels, have been sold on eBay over the last few years: "After months of negotiation, agreement was reached yesterday between the online auction site eBay, the British Museum, and the government's Museums, Libraries and Archives council, to control the booming trade in British antiquities on the site. Shoals of archaeological objects, an average of 600 a day when volunteers monitored the site, appear on the site."

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