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Weary Herakles returned:

Kennewick Man:
A wealth of information about the Kennewick Man legal battle and more details about the reconstruction of his face.

The Bamiyan Valley from the UNESCO World Heritage List:
Background on the Bamiyan Buddhas, their destruction, and what is being done to safeguard the area today.

Mimbres Pottery from the National Museum of Natural History:

Repatriation and reburial, as practiced at the Smithsonian:

Article on the authenticity of the Getty Kouros in The New York Times:


The Internet is awash with websites espousing pseudoarchaeological theories. Examples include:
Often these sites are so absurd or sensationalist that they are instantly recognizable. But sometimes they are professionally put together and seemingly reliable, so that it is hard to tell what is true and what is false. It is very important to bear this in mind when conducting research online.

Examples of sites countering pseudoarchaeological viewpoints include:

Pseudoarchaeological books reviewed in American Antiquity:
Wikipedia ( usually provides a balanced opinion on controversial issues, although bear in mind that "alternative" theories are often given more attention (whether positive or negative) than they deserve.

The Protection of Cultural Property

The Cultural Heritage Center of the US State Department:

SAFE: Saving Antiquities for Everyone

Trafficking Culture:
European Research Council funded program focused on tracking the global illegal antiquities trade. The site maintains an encyclopedia and also links to data and publications produced by the research group based at the Univesrity of Glasgow, Scotland.