Qimmik wrote:An article by Dr. Obbink from TLS:
1. "documented legal provenance".
Qimmik wrote:I'm not unconcerned about the widespread looting of items of cultural heritage, but I simply thought it was premature to become vexed over the provenance of this particular piece of mummy cartonage. Some of the antiquities on the market today have legal provenance, as Dr. Obbink asserts this one does--leaving aside whether it was ethical to unearth and export these items before legislation prohibited the practice.
But of course no one thought in terms of the ethical component of archeology until very recently. If they had, the museums of London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles etc. would be empty of antiquities today; the great university collections of papyri would be bare; and Bacchylides, Menander, the Partheneion of Alcman, poems of Sappho, Archilochus, Steisichorus--the list goes on and on--would remain unread.
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