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To Repatriate or Not to Repatriate, That is the Question….James Cuno’s Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

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The Elgin Marbles, one of the most famous cases in the debate over repatriation, are seen here in the British Museum.

The Elgin Marbles, one of the most famous cases in the debate over repatriation, are seen here in the British Museum.

The topic of repatriation of cultural artifacts is hotly contested, with intense opinions and emotions on both sides of the argument. Repatriation of cultural artifacts is a process by which an item is returned to its country of origin. Whether or not an item should be returned to its country of origin may seem like an easy question to answer. Of course a nation’s cultural history should rest with the nation itself. However, the issue is not so simple. Most people agree that when repatriation is requested because an item has been looted and illegally removed from its origin, it should be returned, but when the repatriation request is based solely upon a nation’s claim to their cultural heritage, the issue becomes extremely complicated. There are questions about a nation’s ability to safeguard the item, questions surrounding regions at war and embroiled in violent conflict, issues with humanity’s right to its shared cultural heritage and problems that arise when multiple nations claim a right to the artifact because the original home of the artifact no longer exists. In fact, the topic is so nuanced and is impacted by so many different forces, it is sometimes difficult to figure out which side you’re on. Continue reading

Strata: Portraits of Humanity, Episode 3, “Turkey’s Anatolia” and “English China Shipwreck”

StrataImage-webThis month we’re pleased to bring you Episode 3 of the new video newsmagazine series, Strata:  Portraits of Humanity, produced by AntiquityNOW’s partner, Archaeological Legacy Institute. In this two-part episode we explore the diverse cultural antecedents of the eastern and southeastern Anatolia region in Turkey as well as a 19th century shipwreck in Florida. Continue reading

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Saving the Past With 3D Printing: An Interview with Dr. Bernard Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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In this June 2014 video interview AntiquityNOW spoke with Bernard Means, PhD., who heads up the Virtual Curation Laboratory and is an Instructor of Anthropology and Advisor for the Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team (VAST) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He discusses what archaeologists are doing to document information and why 3D technology holds a unique place in preservation efforts. In this wide-ranging and lively interview you’ll learn how 3D printing can help preserve ancient sites in areas of conflict and the amazing possibilities afforded in bringing the past alive to teachers, students and those who treasure our global heritage. Continue reading

Archaeological Legacy Institute Launches New Video Series and AntiquityNOW Partners in Curricula Design

AN News GreyArchaeological Legacy Institute, a partner of AntiquityNOW, is producing a new video series available online and on select cable channels. Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour showcase for unique and diverse stories about the world’s cultural heritage. Stories come from across the globe with segments produced by Archaeological Legacy Institute and dozens of producer and distributor partners around the world.

AntiquityNOW will be developing curriculum for each show. The goal of this project is to introduce young people to various ancient and indigenous cultures and spark their thinking about how societies try to reconcile their traditions in the face of encroaching modernity.

AntiquityNOW and Archaeological Legacy Institute also co-sponsor LegacyQuest, an international film and video festival for children 12-15 years of age.

The first Strata show is “Sailing Canoe,” a new film by Adam Thompson following the efforts of people across Micronesia to re-learn the art of sailing canoes.  It traces the connections of people from Guam and Rota to Yap and the outer islands of Micronesia that once were connected by long-distance canoe voyages.  Modern development has affected each island differently and each struggles in its own way to maintain its ancient heritage.  From the most urbanized islands to the most remote and traditional, the art of sailing canoes survives through the efforts of a few knowledgeable people.

Shows are available on Archaeological Legacy Institute’s nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel, as well as on cable TV in cities across the United States.  Strata program details can be found at http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity.  The growing list of 26 cable TV stations carrying the show soon will be posted at The Archaeology Channel.  They include placement in the local on-demand menu of Comcast cable in Oregon and Washington.

Introducing AN Forum: Commentary From Around the Globe

AN ForumAntiquityNOW is launching AN Forum, a new platform that encourages global conversation about the importance of cultural preservation and the enduring influence of the ancient past on our modern lives.  Periodically, we will post articles, commentaries and other posts from the web’s trove of opinion and reporting that spark our curiosity, enlighten our understanding and strike our fancy. Please feel free to share your own original writings or articles you come across of particular interest on topics exploring our cultural legacies from around the world. Continue reading

The Archaeology Channel Announces TAC Video News Now Available on Comcast

TAC snipThe Archaeology Channel has announced that TAC Video News is now available on cable television in Western Oregon and Western Washington via Comcast OnDemand. TAC is a program of Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), an independent, nonprofit research and education corporation.  ALI partners with AntiquityNOW in co-sponsoring LegacyQuest, the International Children’s Film and Video Festival.

Rick Pettigrew, president of Archaeological Legacy Institute, had this to say about the Comcast venture: Continue reading

AntiquityNOW Month Continues!

AN News GreyAntiquityNOW Month is only half over and there’s still plenty of time to celebrate how the ancient past lives today. Check the list below for fun ways to get involved and don’t forget about our #ISeeAntiquity hashtag campaign. See something that reminds you of antiquity? Post it on your Twitter or Instagram with #ISeeAntiquity! Continue reading

May Is AntiquityNOW Month: Here’s How to Celebrate

AN News GreyMay is soon upon us, and that means it’s AntiquityNOW Month, a time to commemorate the legacies of our ancestors and acknowledge that the past is not as distant as we think.  From supercomputers to nanotechnology to marvels of engineering, our modern society is beholden to the ingenuity of ancient peoples.  Interested in seeing some fun things you can do with students, family and friends?  Check out some of the ideas below.  Also see our partners who are joining in the festivities. Continue reading

May Is AntiquityNOW Month! Join the Celebration!

AN Month bigWhen we considered a commemoration in 2013, we asked ourselves a question:  Why have an AntiquityNOW month?   The answer was in our mission: to show how antiquity’s legacy influences us today and for generations to come.  So for the month of May, we will laud human endeavor through the ages and mark the importance of our world heritage. Continue reading