Supporting and Promoting the Idea of a Shared Cultural Patrimony

Neil Brodie, Morag M. Kersel and Kathryn Walker Tubb

in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029726
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039145 | DOI:
Supporting and Promoting the Idea of a Shared Cultural Patrimony

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This chapter highlights that exhibitions in art museums have a more indirect, though still important, effect. The diverse stakeholders in cultural heritage take various stands both in terms of how this heritage is to be preserved (or not) for the future and in terms of how it is to be interpreted. The concept of a global cultural patrimony has been around for some time now, as can be seen from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s numerous documents addressing the need for education and the protection of cultural resources. Contextual information is not always made easily accessible to the viewer, even when the contexts of displayed objects are known. Cultural resources are irreplaceable and nonrenewable, and as a result archaeologists must continually strive to help people understand why context can say something exciting and astonishing about history. The different nations draw on cultural trajectories that can be traced back to the dawn of urbanization.

Keywords: art museum; cultural heritage; cultural patrimony; cultural resources; education; United Nations Educational; Scientific; and Cultural Organization

Chapter.  6279 words. 

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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