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.
It is crucial for us to see how and why European and American images of Palestine have historically distorted the realities of this region.
The power relations presented in an exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation are selective. We get a discussion of ancient power — but what about the modern power to acquire these objects regardless of legal or ethical concerns?
The Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project has published a critical report on West Asian antiquities trafficking taking place more or less out in the open on Facebook.
As educational institutions, museums should feel an obligation to be forthcoming about provenance issues with items on display.
Monumental Journey displays Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey’s daguerreotypes which include the earliest surviving photographs of many notable cities and monuments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Today we are used to thinking of graffiti as subversive or illegal, but ancient people didn’t necessarily see graffiti in this way at all.
The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem recently unveiled a new exhibition, Finds Gone Astray, to great fanfare, but it has so many ethical and legal violations that it’s hard to know where to begin.
The rush to restore cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria has papered over the failure to rebuild houses, infrastructure, and people’s lives.
Yemeni human rights organization Mwatana has issued a report based on years of research, titled, “The Degradation of History: Violations Committed by the Warring Parties against Yemen’s Cultural Property.”
In the context of the Field Museum’s lack of information regarding their provenance the mummies’ return to the Field Museum after a three-year tour is hardly a homecoming.
The museum, not unfamiliar with scandal, failed to perform due diligence before showcasing the scrolls.