Stewerdship and Ethical Practice: The Archaeological Conundrum

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Sistine Chapel - Before and After cleaning An example of what cleaning does to the art in the Sistine Chapel

 When it comes to caring for the past, there are many things to take under consideration. Such as if the care alters the site itself and is necessary to preserve it.  In the example above of art from the Sistine Chapel, I find the cleaning to be a necessary treatment to the art as you get to appreciate it closer to its true form. The picture remains the same but the clarity is drastic in comparison. The responsibility to take care of this exceptional art does not raise much debate. These pieces of work deserve the care required as people travel across the world to enjoy their aesthetic value. 

 

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However, in a much different situation Yannis Hamilakis discusses the implications of Iraq history being destroyed in times of war in 2003. This is where the burden of…

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2 Responses to Stewerdship and Ethical Practice: The Archaeological Conundrum

  1. mbaldwin3 says:

    I agree with you on the restoration of the Sistine Chapel. Although it is important not to damage or change sites, if no restoration took place on some sites, the place may disappear. Nice post.

  2. rhenke2014 says:

    I agree with you on the restoration and when you say that history does not trump human life. I am curious as to what the cleaning process was for the art in the Sistine Chapel.

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