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Stanford Report: Buying, Selling, Owning the Past (2009) - Archaeologists as mediators - Recently (the past decades): booming international antiquities market o Sentiments of nationalism and ownership (former colonies) - UNESCO has TRIED to stop illicit trafficking o Not effective – why? - John Merryman (Stanford Law School): archaeologists are too inflexible and collectors aren’t always looters o Cultural heritage doesn’t mean ownership - Neil Brodie (Stanford Archaeology Center): disagrees with Merryman - James Cuno: stewardship and broad access > legal ownership - Looting in the Middle East o Google Earth to show images of Middle East looting (evidence) Cons: images aren’t always good You need to know what you’re looking for - Safety o Used as a reason to remove antiquities from their site of provenance o Meskell: there’s no guarantee of safety anywhere CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT Beyond Bamiyan: Will the World Be Ready Next Time? (Cuno 2006) - Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed - National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul destroyed o Housed objects of great historical/cultural significance (aesthetic and cultural achievement of people that lived and traveled on the crossroads of
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