The Past Sold
- Dr. Morag M. Kersel (Dept. of Anthropology, DePaul University)
- Dr. Fiona Greenland (Dept. of Sociology, University of Virginia)
The Past Sold: Case Studies in the Movement of Archaeological Objects
Exhibition April 3 – May 12, 2017
Archaeological artifacts are always moving – out of excavation sites, across geopolitical borders, into museums and private collections. This movement can be positive or negative, authorized or unauthorized, legal or illegal. The Past Sold presented 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 emerged from the Past for Sale research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brought together ceramic pots from the OI and the McCormick Theological Seminary, along with unpublished archival documents, maps, photographs, and aerial drone video footage.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 invited us to consider new perspectives on the movement and representation of antiquities.
See also M.M. Kersel and F. Greenland. 2017. Objects on the Move. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The Oriental Institute News & Notes 233 (Spring): 10-13.
Major support for this exhibition was provided by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, with additional support from the OI, the McCormick Theological Seminary, and DePaul University.
- Dr. Morag M. Kersel, Dept. of Anthropology, DePaul University: email@example.com
- Dr. Fiona Greenland, Dept. of Sociology, University of Virginia: firstname.lastname@example.org