The antiquities-on-eBay debate

By Felix Salmon
September 8, 2009
remember Charles Stanish's article about how eBay was great for antiquities because it meant that there were so many fakes around, it wasn't worth plundering actual sites any more? Well, Matt Palmquist wrote it up for the rather fabulous Miller-McCune magazine, and now, if you scroll down to the bottom of their latest letters page, you'll find a strong rebuttal from one Bill Stelzer, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Anybody care to adjudicate?

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Do you remember Charles Stanish’s article about how eBay was great for antiquities because it meant that there were so many fakes around, it wasn’t worth plundering actual sites any more? Well, Matt Palmquist wrote it up for the rather fabulous Miller-McCune magazine, and now, if you scroll down to the bottom of their latest letters page, you’ll find a strong rebuttal from one Bill Stelzer, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Anybody care to adjudicate?

Update: Stanish comments, at length, below.

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