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The overseas controversy over who "owns" antiquities has pitted museums opposed to archaeologists and resource nations the place historic artifacts are came across. In his booklet Who Owns Antiquity?, James Cuno argued that antiquities are the cultural estate of humankind, now not of the international locations that lay specific declare to them. Now in Whose Culture?, Cuno assembles preeminent museum administrators, curators, and students to give an explanation for for themselves what is at stake during this struggle--and why the museums' critics could not be extra wrong.

resource international locations and archaeologists want tricky cultural estate legislation proscribing the export of antiquities, have fought for the go back of artifacts from museums all over the world, and declare the purchase of undocumented antiquities encourages looting of archaeological websites. In Whose Culture?, top figures from universities and museums within the usa and Britain argue that sleek geographical regions have at most sensible a doubtful reference to the traditional cultures they declare to symbolize, and that archaeology has been misused by means of nationalistic id politics. They clarify why exhibition is key to liable acquisitions, why our shared artwork historical past trumps nationalist agendas, why restrictive cultural estate legislation positioned antiquities in danger from risky governments--and extra. protecting the foundations of artwork because the legacy of all humankind and museums as tools of inquiry and tolerance, Whose Culture? brings reasoned argument to a subject that for too lengthy has been distorted through politics and emotionalism.

as well as the editor, the participants are Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sir John Boardman, Michael F. Brown, Derek Gillman, Neil MacGregor, John Henry Merryman, Philippe de Montebello, David I. Owen, and James C. Y. Watt.

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