Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Antiquities---Who Do They Belong To?

A judge in Norfolk, VA is deciding who will own the items salvaged from the Titanic wreckage. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith is expected to protect the items from being part of private collections and placed on auction blocks by declaring the items a single collection and be accessible by the public. This battle has been going on since the Titanic wreckage was discovered in 1985. The Titanic sank in international waters which has led to several legal claims. To find out more about the court case involving the salvage company, RMST, check out the AP article by Steve Szkotak,

Fate of Titanic, its treasures in US judge's hands

To find out more about antiquities, check out these books from our collection:

Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History
CC 100 H86 2007

Who Owns Antquity? : museums adn the battle over our ancient heritage
CC 135 C85 2008

Discovering Our Past: a brief introduction to archeology
CC 75 A74 1996

Archeological Ethics
CC 175 A715 1996

The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: whose culture? whose property?
CC 135 E84 1989

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