By Zeynep Çelik

Antiquities were pawns in empire-building and worldwide rivalries; energy struggles; assertions of nationwide and cultural identities; and cross-cultural exchanges, cooperation, abuses, and misunderstandings—all with the underlying component of monetary achieve. certainly, “who owns antiquity?” is a contentious query in lots of of today’s foreign conflicts.

About Antiquities deals an interdisciplinary research of the connection among archaeology and empire-building round the flip of the 20th century. beginning at Istanbul and targeting antiquities from the Ottoman territories, Zeynep Çelik examines the preferred discourse surrounding claims to the previous in London, Paris, Berlin, and ny. She compares and contrasts the studies of 2 museums—Istanbul’s Imperial Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—that aspired to emulate eu collections and achieve the status and tool of possessing the cloth fragments of historical heritage. Going past associations, Çelik additionally unravels the complex interactions between individuals—Westerners, Ottoman choice makers and officers, and native laborers—and their competing stakes in antiquities from such mythical websites as Ephesus, Pergamon, and Babylon.

Recovering views which have been misplaced in histories of archaeology, really these of the excavation employees whose voices have by no means been heard, About Antiquities offers very important old context for present controversies surrounding nation-building and the possession of the past.

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The old section; 3. The new section; and 4. The section that has been built most recently. (Servet-­i Fünun [Year 13] 26, no. 2 The physical growth of the museum, in accord with the ever-­increasing numbers of objects, pointed to the significance of the institution. 3 It was no secret that the construction of the new wings had necessitated endless struggles due to the scarcity of state finances, giving some rationale to the rumors that reached J. P. 2; see also plates 1 and 2). The later extensions were made possible after persistent and systematic pressure from the museum administration, which justified its demands by pointing to the “day-­by-­day” increase of the collection.

Aside from discussions of its collections in the scholarly press (see chapter 2), as American archaeologists increasingly engaged in scientific work in the Ottoman Empire, the Imperial Museum and the antiquities laws became diplomatic concerns, even common news pieces. Responding to an inquiry with respect to the archaeological explorations in western and southern Anatolia and Crete, Oscar Solomon Straus of the Legation of the United States in Constantinople had defined the difference between American researchers and their European counterparts.

The old section; 3. The new section; and 4. The section that has been built most recently. (Servet-­i Fünun [Year 13] 26, no. 2 The physical growth of the museum, in accord with the ever-­increasing numbers of objects, pointed to the significance of the institution. 3 It was no secret that the construction of the new wings had necessitated endless struggles due to the scarcity of state finances, giving some rationale to the rumors that reached J. P. 2; see also plates 1 and 2). The later extensions were made possible after persistent and systematic pressure from the museum administration, which justified its demands by pointing to the “day-­by-­day” increase of the collection.

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