Damage done, seeking solutions: understanding the consequences of museum collecting 1970-2005 in relation to the illicit antiquities debate

Mace, Charlotte (2009) Damage done, seeking solutions: understanding the consequences of museum collecting 1970-2005 in relation to the illicit antiquities debate. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since the establishment of the 1970 UNESCO convention 'On the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property', the idea of the illicit antiquities trade as a destructive force reducing evidence for, and thus knowledge of ancient history, archaeology and ancestry through the loss of archaeological context has been at the forefront of international debate. The role of UK museums in this debate has developed in the past five years to reflect a role of 'non- participation, directly or indirectly' via a strict acquisitions policy and thoughtful reflections on the display of such items. Nevertheless, until fairly recently one important element has been overlooked: the potential for items acquired pre-2005 and from 1970 to be looted or stolen.

    This study attempts to prove that these risks are real and must be addressed. This study identifies the consequences of collecting between these periods in order to further identify the problems and the implications that museums face from possessing such questionable material. Though examining current solutions and determining how changes in the issues will consequently alter the contemporary illicit antiquities debate, the aim of the study is to suggest solutions that do not undermine current museum practices towards illicit antiquities.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 17:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1142

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