A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Following in Italy's footsteps, Greece is moving beyond buy-and-bust operations and ad-hoc cooperation between law enforcement agencies in fighting the illicit trade in antiquities. According to Greece's minister of culture, his country will propose this spring a bilateral agreement with the United States patterned after one signed by the U.S. and Italy in January 2001. That agreement, which entails a sweeping prohibition on importing artifacts from the ninth century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. into the U.S., has riled some members of the dealer and collector community in this country ("Moynihan's Mischief," November/December 2000). A Greek-American one would be equally unpopular.