Thursday, 19 May 2016

Portable Antiquities: "Money for the Bad Guys"?

 Worldview  'Owning Global Heritage: A Look Into The Antiquities Market ('Can We Shut Down The Trade Of Illegal Antiquities?') May 17, 2016
The illegal antiquities trade is flourishing around the world, including in the U.S. and Europe. But a project at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society is bringing together stakeholders like government officials; academics; museum leaders; and antiquities dealers to monitor and combat the illegal antiquities market. We talk about the “Past for Sale” project and an upcoming Chicago conference with Dr. Fiona Rose-Greenland, an archaeologist at the University of Chicago and research director of the ‘Past for Sale’ project. Joining her is Molly Morse Limmer, founder and principal at 2050 Art Services, Inc., and former V.P. and department head of Antiquities at Christie's-Chicago.
Dr. Rose-Greenland from the University of Chicago is principal investigator in the MANTIS project (which I discussed here). It's a bit of an unequal dialogue, she's talking sense here. Molly Morse Limmer is in denial and basically trots out the same trite banalities as most supporters of the trade. But it's quite a good interview. Listen here (the impatient might like to skip forward 28 seconds) 

Rose Fiona Rose-Greenland and Molly Morse Limmer

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