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Is it Right to Steal Another Nation's Heritage? [Copy link] 中文

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Whenever a nation invades another nation they often take everything of value.

They take artefacts and often dismantle or destroy that nations culture.

Sometimes they deliberately destroy all traces of that nation's existence.

What do you think?

Is this an act of pure evil?



BTW "heritage" -- the culture, property, and characteristics of past times

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Post time 2007-2-27 19:53:39 |Display all floors
Countries battle over artefacts

In 1810, a total of 56 sculpted friezes, depicting gods, men and monsters, were removed from the Parthenon in Athens by British ambassador Lord Elgin.

They were brought to Britain and housed in the British Museum where they have remained.

Repeated calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles to their homeland have fallen on deaf ears, with the British Museum adamant they should remain in a place where they can be seen by international visitors.

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3927833.stm
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Damage:

To facilitate transport, the column capital of the Parthenon, the Erechtheum cornice and many metopes and slabs were sawn and sliced into smaller sections. One shipload of marbles on board the British brig Mentor was caught in a storm off Cape Matapan and sank near Kythera, but was salvaged at the Earl's expense; it took two years to bring them to the surface.

While the artifacts held in London, unlike those remaining on the Parthenon, have been saved from the hazards of pollution, neglect, and war, they have also been irrevocably damaged by the unauthorized "cleaning" methods employed by British Museum staff in the 1930s, who were dismissed when this was discovered. Acting under the erroneous belief that the marbles were originally bright white, the marbles were cleaned with copper tools and caustics, causing serious damage and altering the marbles' colouring. (The Pentelicon marble on which the carvings were made naturally acquires a tan colour similar to honey when exposed to air.) In addition, the process scraped away all traces of surface colouring that the marbles originally held.

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Who should own historic artefacts?

Aboriginals in Australia have seized bark etchings while on loan from two British museums.

The Dja Dja Wurrung tribe have accused the British museums of 'colonial arrogance'.

But the British Museum and Royal Botanical Gardens have said they are committed to preserve collections for the benefit of the worldwide public and for future generations.

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Arabs want ancient artefacts back

The final statement from the conference urged all foreign governments to return Arab antiquities.

It said this applied in the first place to objects of particular symbolic significance, such as the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum and the more than 3,000-year old bust of Queen Nefertiti, now in Berlin.

The Rosetta Stone was crucial in the early deciphering of hieroglyphics. It was found in Egypt by the French in 1799, but later fell into British hands.

"The way the Rosetta Stone was taken from Egypt by France was illegal, and the way it ended up in the British museum was also illegal," said Mr Abou-Alfoutouh.

Ancient Egyptian sphinxes now kept by the Louvre in Paris
"We think it's no less important than the three pyramids of Egypt or the Sphinx."

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Post time 2007-2-27 20:03:32 |Display all floors

Of course it is not right to rob and steal

Originally posted by changabula at 2007-2-27 07:50
Whenever a nation invades another nation they often take everything of value.

They take artefacts and often dismantle or destroy that nations culture.

Sometimes they deliberately destroy all  ...


others' heritage. They have every right to ask them back.
An off subject question, anybody here went to the Lourve in Paris?
How do you feel when you see all the splendid artifacts from all over the world?
Do you think they all shall return to where they were from?

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Post time 2007-2-27 21:10:51 |Display all floors
Looted Iraqi artefacts 'found in London'

Artefacts looted from the Baghdad museum following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime have been recovered in London, police have confirmed for the first time.

The discovery of the items follows enduring images from the museum of smashed display cases, empty vaults and crying staff, when reporters gained access for the first time.

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Other important archaeological sites were also ransacked across Iraq, historically known as Mesopotamia and seen as the birth place of modern civilisation.

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Post time 2007-2-27 21:21:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by holidays at 2007-2-27 20:03


Do you think they all shall return to where they were from?


Of course! Especially those that shed light on that nations civilization.

We should ask ourselves: Imagine if some army came and tore down every statue, took every painting, burn every ancient books that we own and raised to the ground some of our ancient buildings.

Well this happened to India!

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