Cultural Heritage

March 2012

Who owns the cultural treasures of the world? Should the British Museum return the Elgin marbles to Greece? Could the world have done more to intervene in the recent destruction of historical artifacts in the Middle East? This show will cover the legal, ethical, scholarly and cultural issues involved in the cultural heritage debate.

Cultural Heritage: An Overview

Who owns the ancient treasures of the world? Contested artifacts are an age-old debate, but the stakes have never been higher. It is a topic where culture, history, identity, religion and money intersect.

This week: Our experts get together to discuss their work on cultural patrimony and why they think it matters more than ever. Individual interviews include Kristina Van Dyke on the impact of technology on our experience of art and Michael Frachetti on the artifacts of ancient nomadic cultures.