ART105 Illegal excavations, art objects trade, repatriation Assignment

“Looting Africa Theft, illicit sales, poverty and war are conspiring to rob a continent of its rich artistic heritage,” by Aisha Labi and Simon Robinson, Aug. 6th, 2001, from Time Magazine online at,8599,2056125,00.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Looting Mali’s History, ” by Joshua Hammer, Nov. 2009, from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Talking African art repatriation with curator and anthropoligist Meskerem Assegued,” by Lindsay Samson, July 24th, 2018, from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“European museums may loan back some works stolen from former colonies,” by James McAuley and Nick Noack, Aug. 17th, 2018, from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

2. Answer the following questions in a 3-paragraph minimum post:

  • Do you feel that enough is being done to stop illegal excavating, looting and trading of African art? Who is responsible for policing these activities?
  • How do you feel about repatriation? Do you believe that the objects should be returned regardless of circumstances, or do you think that the country and/or institution currently in possession has rights to retain the objects if they acquired them legally? What if they acquired the objects illegally?
  • Should the country of origin be required to prove that they can properly care for, protect, and display the objects?
  • Should war-torn countries be aided in the protection of cultural objects, structures and/or sites?
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