Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece on Saving Syrian Antiquities

In light of the horrendous events of the last week or so — the senseless execution of Dr Khaled Asaad by IS at Palmyra and now the demolition of Palmyra’s Baalshamin Temple, also by IS, described by UNESCO as a war crime — a Wall Street Journal guest opinion piece by former Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan carries a good deal more weight. His article, entitled “The Case for Buying Antiquities to Save Them.” at least offers a practical partial solution to the illicit trade in and destruction of Near Eastern antiquities currently taking place, unlike the countless hollow pronouncements of heritage industry representatives and governmental bodies. His full article may be accessed here (opens in a new tab or window): http://www.wsj.com/article_email/the-case-for-buying-antiquities-to-save-them-1440024491-lMyQjAxMTA1MDI2MDUyMDAzWj

See also my own article, “Selling Artifacts to Save the Past” from earlier this year:https://clioantiquities.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/selling-artifacts-to-save-the-past/

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