Bones of the Ancestors: The Ambum Stone: From the New Guinea Highlands to the Antiquities Market to Australia (Paperback)

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Description


The 3,000-year-old Ambum Stone, from Papua New Guinea, is the focus of several archaeological stories. The stone itself is an interesting artifact, an important piece of art history that tells us something about the ancient Papuans. The stone is also at the center of controversies over the provenance and ownership of ancient artifacts, as it was excavated on the island of New Guinea, transferred out of the country, and sold on the antiquities market. In telling the story of the Ambum Stone, Brian Egloff raises questions about what can be learned from ancient works of art, about cultural property and the ownership of the past, about the complex and at times shadowy world of art dealers and collectors, and about the role ancient artifacts can play in forming the identities of modern peoples.

About the Author


Brian Egloff is adjunct associate professor of cultural heritage studies at the University of Canberra, in Australia.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780759111608
ISBN-10: 075911160X
Publisher: Altamira Press
Publication Date: March 20th, 2008
Pages: 240
Language: English