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Lecture 17

ANT200H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Mogao Caves


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT200H5
Professor
Liye Xie
Lecture
17

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ANT 200
Past helps us build an identy and appreciate our history
Museums helps deliver the message of our identy (this is the mission of museums)
Value of the past is so important many countries use their cultural heritage on their currency (ex. China
and Poland)
Mission of ROM:
Inspire wonder and promote learning
Be a leader for the natural and cultural worlds
Serve as a forum to contribute to a be+er future
Feel the energy the government and what they want to portray through museums
The Pasts value for the Future:
Archaeology and sustainability
oSustainable subsistence strategies:
How to deal with environmental changes?
Changes of residenal structures
Dietary changes
Rese+lement
Tradional pracces of land management
Sustainable polical strategies
Interest in past has also caused:
Trades of anques
Looters and illicit excavators
Many sites being “loved to death” (Mogao Caves in China, Stonehenge)
Soluons:
Virtual Tours
Make replicas
Who Owns The Past
Past is shared, however… we share the knowledge…But who owns the actual objects.
Should Western museums return anquies to their land of origin?
Should patrimony outweigh that of any parcular group to endure the preservaon of the past for future
generaons?
Should archaeologist be free to excavate holy lands and burials of ancestors of modern descendants?
Repatriaons involves a complex web of legal, ethical and moral issues
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