While the museum presents its attempt to identify trafficked antiquities as an altruistic enterprise, its policing of the antiquities market also distracts from its historic role in acquiring looted objects.
In researching three Indiana institutions, it is clear that the lockdown has exacerbated trends in the museum field such as a lack of relevance to the general public and increasing reliance on private philanthropy.
With her recent book, Alice Procter shows us the things many museums hide, the parts of objects’ histories that aren’t warm and fuzzy (or flattering for the institutions that now hold them).
As the Turkish government announced that the Hagia Sophia will be converted back into a mosque, one of the primary responses worldwide has been to assert that the edifice constitutes “universal” heritage, that it belongs to all of us.
Thorough and rewarding, Christina Riggs’s Photographing Tutankhamun illuminates the reasons behind our fascination with one of Ancient Egypt’s most famous tombs.
From questionable race science to an inaccurate synthesis of a mummy’s voice, scholars regularly contribute to providing poor understandings of the past.
After a group of British researchers claimed to synthesize the voice of Egyptian priest Nesyamun’s 3,000-year-old remains, it leads to questions about the ethics of Egyptology.
Targeting Iranian cultural heritage is first and foremost bad because of the devastating effects it would have on Iranians. We in the rest of the world may feel a real loss, but that is secondary at best.
Why chase after unprovenanced — and likely looted or forged — material when so much excavated material lies waiting for study?
Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene features photographs that focus on ancient monuments and landscapes in Egypt and Algeria from the 1850s, rather than people.
Coverage of the discovery of an ancient mosque in Rahat has neglected to mention the planned mass relocation of thousands of people to the Bedouin town.
Since the World Heritage List was first started in 1978, there has been a persistent link between inclusion on the list and forced relocation of residents, who are typically poor or marginalized.