ANT200H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Mogao Caves
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Past helps us build an identy and appreciate our history
Museums helps deliver the message of our identy (this is the mission of museums)
Value of the past is so important many countries use their cultural heritage on their currency (ex. China
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 Past’s value for the Future:
Archaeology and sustainability
oSustainable subsistence strategies:
How to deal with environmental changes?
Changes of residenal structures
Tradional pracces of land management
Sustainable polical strategies
Interest in past has also caused:
Trades of anques
Looters and illicit excavators
Many sites being “loved to death” (Mogao Caves in China, Stonehenge)
Who Owns The Past
Past is shared, however… we share the knowledge…But who owns the actual objects.
Should Western museums return anquies to their land of origin?
Should patrimony outweigh that of any parcular group to endure the preservaon of the past for future
Should archaeologist be free to excavate holy lands and burials of ancestors of modern descendants?
Repatriaons involves a complex web of legal, ethical and moral issues
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