Sunday, October 12, 2014
Academics vs. Practitioners
The New York Times has done a public service by publishing a series of essays offering prescriptions for what ails Syria's cultural patrimony. Not surprisingly, experts with real word experience favor addressing the problem at the source. On the other hand, academics with an axe to grind against collecting propose more "emergency import restrictions" despite real questions about their efficacy. In so doing, they no doubt fully understand the collateral damage such restrictions cause on collecting common artifacts of the sort which don't typically carry detailed collecting histories.