The artworld(s) of the Mesoamerican antiquities market


  • Irene Marti Gil Louisiana State University


"The artworld(s) of the Mesoamerican antiquities market" critically reviews the edited volume "The Market for Mesoamerica. Reflections on the sale of Pre-Columbian antiquities", by Cara Tremain and Donna Yates (eds.) (2019). This review helps contextualizing the book within its theoretical framework (Actor-Network Theory, and Theory of Entanglement) and clarifying the thematic interrelation of the chapters. The reorganization of the content contributes to identify the actors (looters, local authorities, middlemen, dealers, collectors, museums, as well as scholars) and the actants participating in the mutually-dependent network of the market for Mesoamerican antiquities. 

Author Biography

Irene Marti Gil, Louisiana State University

Irene Martí Gil is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. Her field of research is focused on the archaeological looting and the antiquities market from an interdisciplinary (legal, archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic) perspective. At present, she studies the cultural heritage laws enforced in Guatemala and Belize, with the objective of expanding the research scope throughout the Maya area in the near future.


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