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Visiting Fellow, 2015 – 2017

Morag M. Kersel

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Co-director, Galilee Prehistory Project and Follow the Pots Project DePaul University


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Morag M. Kersel is Associate Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Minor Program at DePaul University and affiliated faculty with the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting. In investigating how Middle Eastern objects go from the ground to the consumer (see, Morag Kersel has spent 10+ years interviewing the various stakeholders (archaeologists, collectors, dealers, government employees, looters, museum professionals) associated with the trade (legal and illegal). As a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow she collaborated with Fiona Rose-Greenland, Lawrence Rothfield, and Gil Stein on The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting project. Bringing together a suite of data from Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, her Neubauer Collegium manuscript project examined artifact pathways and the demand for archaeological material, introducing new empirical evidence on the illegal and legal movement of Middle Eastern artifacts and efforts to protect archaeological sites.

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Featured Project

The Past for Sale: Morag Kersel – Visiting Fellow

2015 – 2017


The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting

The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting

Researchers applied empirical research and new methodologies to identify promising policy solutions to the complex international problem of archaeological looting and trafficking.

The problem of archaeological looting has long vexed policymakers. But the opacity of the market for illicit antiquities makes it difficult for them to bring looting under control. Even as global demand rises and archaeological sites in war-torn regions are pillaged by terrorist groups, the...