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Preserving the Past: Archaeological Heritage, the Art Market and Conflict in the Middle East
Archaeological Institute of America, Richmond Society lecture by Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University (Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage)

Archaeological sites are looted for the value of artifacts that are sold onto the international art market. The acceptance of undocumented, possibly looted, artifacts by the market and, in particular, by museums, means that we lose the contextual evidence needed to understand and reconstruct the past and knowledge of whether an object is authentic or a forgery. As we now know, the looting of archaeological sites in the Middle East and elsewhere may also help to fund armed conflict and terrorism. This lecture will explore the intersection of these issues and the legal and ethical responses that are intended to reduce the incentives to traffic in looted archaeological materials and thereby promote preservation of the archaeological heritage.

Free registration. Co-sponsored by the University of Richmond Department of Classical Studies.

Nov 12, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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