A Statement on Mesopotamian Antiquities Issues

Posted in: Ancient Near East Today, ASOR
Tags: ANET, Antiquities, Archaeology, Assyriologist, Babylonia, Benjamin Foster, forgeries, Mesopotamian, Mosopotamia, Near East, UNESCO, Yale

Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Google+0Email this to someoneShare on Reddit0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on LinkedIn0

By: Benjamin R. Foster

 

Editor’s Note: One of the leading dilemmas in Ancient Near East Studies is the publication of unprovenanced antiquities. Here, Benjamin R. Foster, curator of the Yale Babylonian Collection, one of the largest collections of Mesopotamian texts and artifacts in North America, offers his thoughts.

 

Antiquities Policy

The Yale Babylonian Collection will not purchase, accept as a donation, or authenticate any Mesopotamian artifact that the curator has reason to believe was acquired by its current owner in violation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. I consider the burden of proving the legitimacy of an artifact to be on the owner. This Collection has acquired only a few objects under my curatorship. I have given far more attention to conservation, cataloging, and publication of our present holdings than to additional acquisitions.

Façade of the Sterling Memorial Library which houses the Yale Babylonian Collection.

(more…)

This content is exclusive to Friends of ASOR. If you are a Friend of ASOR, please log in. New users may register below.

Existing Users Log In
 Remember Me  
New User Registration
*Required field

Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Google+0Email this to someoneShare on Reddit0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on LinkedIn0
Sign in to view all ASOR Blog content!
If you have not set up a username and password for the ASOR Blog, please close this box by clicking anywhere on the screen then go to the Friends of ASOR option in the menu above. If you have forgotten your password, please click the Forgot Login Password option in the above menu.