Past Sold: Case Studies in the Movement of Archaeological Objects
The Past Sold presents the contrasting modes of artifact movement: the legal, state-sponsored sale of Early Bronze Age antiquities from Bab adh Dhra’, Jordan, during the late 1970s, and the illegal looting of archaeological sites in Jordan, Iraq, and Syria that continues to this day. The exhibition, which emerges from the “Past for Sale” research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brings together ceramic pots from the Oriental Institute and the McCormick Theological Seminary, along with unpublished archival documents, maps, photographs, and aerial drone video footage. By calling attention to these materials and the ways they are displayed, The Past Sold invites us to consider new perspectives on the movement and representation of antiquities.
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