My study of Egyptian antiquities surfacing on the market is due to be published in March 2015.
Gill, D. W. J. 2015. "Egyptian antiquities on the market." In The management of Egypt's cultural heritage, edited by F. A. Hassan, G. J. Tassie, L. S. Owens, A. De Trafford, J. van Wetering, and O. El Daly, vol. 2: 67-77. London: ECHO and Golden House Publications.
Several million dollars’ worth of Egyptian antiquities are sold on the market every year. The majority of these items seem to
have surfaced for the first time since 1973, the date of the Archaeological Institute of America’s ‘Resolution of the
Acquisition of Antiquities by Museums’. Some of the material appearing on the market appears to have been removed from
archaeological stores in Egypt. There is also clear evidence that reliefs and other items are being removed from recorded tombs.
Many other items, such as the Akhmim stelae, come from previously unknown sites, and their removal has led to a loss of
knowledge about the original contexts. The scandals surrounding the return of antiquities to Italy has resulted in more
rigorous acquisition policies being developed by North American museums. This is likely to suppress the market for Egyptian
objects that do not have recorded collecting histories.