Heritage Management

Ricardo Elia and Marta E. Ostovich

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:
Heritage Management

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Heritage management is a growing field that is concerned with the identification, protection, and stewardship of cultural heritage in the public interest. It is part of a burgeoning interest in heritage generally and the subject of increasing discussion, debate, and controversy among both specialists (including archaeologists, anthropologists, legal scholars, collectors, curators, historians, political scientists, economists, conservators, dealers, and looters) and the public. “Heritage” is a rather open-ended and fungible term that embraces a huge range of meaning and potential disagreement; it comprises the cultural expressions of humanity and may be tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, old or new, and owned privately, corporately, or not at all (e.g., submerged archaeological remains in the high seas). Heritage is known by many names, including antiquities, art, artifacts, cultural objects, treasure, loot, sacred objects, cultural resources, and cultural property, depending on the background and interests of the stakeholder. Here the term “heritage” is preferred because of its inherent sense of transmission, legacy, and inheritance. In this article we focus on issues relating to the preservation, ownership, control, and uses of the material remains of past cultures, with particular reference to the classical world; in practical terms, this means the archaeological objects, documents, sites, monuments, and landscapes that have survived from the ancient world. This cultural heritage is finite, nonrenewable, vulnerable to damage or destruction, and frequently contested.

Article.  10142 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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