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If Antiquities Could Talk

A visit with Alex Barker, Director, Museum of Art and Archeology

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: anthropology archaeology glyphic inscription vessel vase

Museum Ethics

Topics: cultural property museum

Gone are the days of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, who could raid tombs without consideration of ethics. Part of Barker’s work concerns museum and cultural property ethics. Both as an archaeologist and as a museum professional, he is concerned about who should own and control cultural treasures. From an archaeological standpoint, cultural property largely concerns the prevention of looting and curbing illicit trafficking in antiquities. The rate of site destruction is huge, and archaeologists worldwide are working to protect the integrity of remaining sites.