The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: Whose Culture? Whose Property?

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1999-11-01
Publisher(s): Univ of New Mexico Pr
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The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has brought into sharp relief the conflicts among public and private collectors, scholars, and indigenous peoples over the provenience and disposition of cultural property, especially archaeological remains. First published in 1989 and now updated and enlarged, this book explores the ethical, legal, and intellectual issues related to excavating, selling, collecting, and owning cultural artefacts. Twenty-two contributors, representing archaeology, law, museum administration, art history, and philosophy, suggest how the numerous interested groups, often at odds, can co-operate to resolve cultural heritage, ownership, and repatriation issues and improve the protection of cultural property world-wide. A new preface and epilogue frame the contemporary debate in a global perspective. The editor provides updated information about domestic and international laws and regulations and enforcement institutions.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xv
Forewordp. xviii
Preface to the First Editionp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introduction A Philosophical Perspective on the Ethics and Resolution of Cultural Properties Issuesp. 1
Ancestral Sites, Shrines, and Graves: Native American Perspectives on the Ethics of Collecting Cultural Propertiesp. 27
Profiteers and Public Archaeology: Antiquities Trafficking in Arkansasp. 39
The Battle for the Maya Past: the Effects of International Looting and Collecting in Belizep. 51
Considering the Perspective of the Victim: the Antiquities of Nepalp. 61
The Murals of Teotihuacán: a Case Study of Negotiated Restitutionp. 73
The Cultural Stewardship Question: Looking for Optionsp. 91
The Museum and Cultural Property: the Transformation of Institutional Ethicsp. 93
Collecting Pre-Columbian Artp. 103
International Control Efforts: Are There Any Good Solutions?p. 117
U.S. Implementation of the Unesco Cultural Property Conventionp. 129
Cultural Property Regulations: Perceptions and Conditionsp. 153
From the Collector's Perspective: the Legality of Importing Pre-Columbian Art and Artifactsp. 155
What is "Stolen"? the Mcclain Case Revisitedp. 177
The Need for Enforcing Regulations on the International Art Tradep. 185
Cultural Property and National Sovereigntyp. 199
Working Out Differences: Round Table and Conclusionp. 215
Highlights of a Round Table Discussion and Some Recent Developments in the Cultural Heritage Arenap. 217
Conclusion: Working Together to Preserve Our Pastp. 243
Epiloguep. 253
Some Domestic and International Laws and Regulations and Their Enforcersp. 275
Codes of Ethicsp. 283
Some Organizations and Resources Related to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Issuesp. 287
Indexp. 293
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