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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
"That should be in a museum!" Brave words from Indiana Jones, undoubtedly the world's most famous (real or fictional) archaeologist, as he confronts low-life site plunderers, venal middlemen, corrupt politicians and wealthy private collectors. Life for the redoubtable Dr. Jones is simple (as it seems to have been for Lord Elgin); for those of us in the real world unfortunately not. What should be in a museum, and when, and how it should get there are questions underlying this collection of essays that grew out of a 1986 conference in Minneapolis on the ethics of collecting. Papers and symposia transcripts from that conference and other articles specially commissioned for the volume are included. Contributors include archaeologists and anthropologists, museum curators, art dealers, a USIA advisor and an attorney. Of special note is an appendix outlining some domestic and international laws relating to the sale and importation of works of art; each section of the book also ends with a "Commentary" statement that sums up the discussions and relates it to other issues, a very helpful device.
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