Art Research News

Volume 1, No. 2


International Protection of Cultural Property–Symposium
— B. Burnham
Part I of the Proceedings of an IFAR Symposium, dedicated to Chester F. Gorman, on threats to the world's archaeological heritage from pillagers, in light of the 1970 UNESCO Convention. U.S. efforts to pass domestic enabling legislation to become a party to the Convention have met with controversy. In response, IFAR organized this symposium to hear a perspectives on the issues of protecting cultural heritage. In this issue: papers from the morning session; the afternoon papers are published in Art Research News, No. 4

Chester F. Gorman, who did important work on Ban Chiang excavation in Thailand and who recently died, aged 43.

International Protection of Cultural Property: Introduction
— William B. Macomber
Macomber writes on the role of the museum community in preserving cultural patrimony and the necessary balance to be achieved with the interests of the countries of origin.

International Protection of Cultural Property: Perspective from Classical Archaeology
— R. Ross Holloway
Changes in the roles that ancient art plays in modern consciousness affect collectors, collecting, and museums. Museums’ educational role is surpassing that of treasure house.

International Protection of Cultural Property: Problems in the Preservation of Old World Antiquities
— Bernard V. Bothmer
Environmental, governmental, and universal issues in preservation.

International Protection of Cultural Property: Collecting Pre-Columbian Art
— Gillett Griffin
On the need for more conscientious stewardship among Mexican archaeologists and others to protect archaeological sites.

International Protection of Cultural Property: A Case History: Ban Chiang
— Chester F. Gorman
Looting and reconstruction of a major Southeast Asian archaeological site and the impact of an international market for Ban Chiang material.

International Protection of Cultural Property: New Challenges to Africa's Artistic Heritage
— Arnold Rubin
Personal response to the loss of native works in light of the soaring demand for African traditional art in the West.