Rescuing the Past: The Cultural Heritage Crusade Jonathan Tokeley

ISBN: 9781845400194

Published: April 1st 2006

Hardcover

374 pages


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Rescuing the Past: The Cultural Heritage Crusade  by  Jonathan Tokeley

Rescuing the Past: The Cultural Heritage Crusade by Jonathan Tokeley
April 1st 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 374 pages | ISBN: 9781845400194 | 5.56 Mb

Jonathan Tokeley was contentiously convicted of smuggling Egyptian antiquities in a landmark trial - one of a series which had devastating consequences for the antiquities market. The Cultural Heritage Crusade claims that Source Countries have anMoreJonathan Tokeley was contentiously convicted of smuggling Egyptian antiquities in a landmark trial - one of a series which had devastating consequences for the antiquities market.

The Cultural Heritage Crusade claims that Source Countries have an indefeasible right to ancient artefacts found in their soil. And past acquisitions, like the Elgin Marbles, should be returned. Archaeologists widely accept this, and also the need for government prohibitions to prevent the looting of the sites. But this makes Antiquity a plaything of the modern humbug - of national vanity, of antiwestern dogma, of political correctness, and the academics disdain for the very idea of profit.

None of which will prevent the looting. The Cultural Heritage Crusade, in short, is not an answer to the problem. It may actually be the problem. This book is both a philosophical analysis and a demonstration - in one country, Egypt - of its horrific consequences.



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