Thursday 21 August 2014

Culture at Risk: The Global Crisis of Cultural Racketeering

The Antiquities Coalition have a thought - provoking infographic on the scale of the problem of cultural racketeering in eight countries (Egypt, Libya, Syria, China, Cambodia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico).  I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see some sources for the figures presented as facts there by this group of researchers based in the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. I also think the US organization would find it easier to be taken seriously if they'd replace the Disneyland quote at the top of the page from a fictional "Frank Stokes" (in a Hollywood film, "Monuments Men") with something less inviting ridicule. We have people out here that are doing their best, under difficult circumstances, to separate fact from fiction, something that can be regarded as factual from the trade flam. It's hard work. What we are finding is shocking enough, without having people (albeit no doubt with the best intentions) trying to sensationalise it.  

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