I have posted on SSRN my chapter on archaeological context, titled: The Fundamental Importance of Archaeological Context it appears in ART AND CRIME: EXPLORING THE DARK SIDE OF THE ART WORLD, pp. 3-12, (Noah Charney, ed., 2009).
It is a short piece, which was quite pleasurable to write. I tried to account for why so much law and policy has been erected to protect this context. And though there are disagreements by a number of cultural policy makers about the laws and policies which should apply; everyone agrees in principle that archaeology is an import discipline and the illicit trade damages our understanding of the past.
There are a number of other excellent chapters in the book which I can recommend, including David Gill’s piece on the return of antiquities to Italy; a piece by Kenneth Polk and Duncan Chappell on Fraud in the art trade; and Judge Arthur Tompkins’ proposal for an International tribunal to handle art disputes.
It is an excellent collection of essays, many of which are quite lively; which should help to increase the awareness devoted to the problem.