Category Archives: Archaeology

What exactly is cultural heritage (and what isn’t)

One image I remember most vividly from the past decade was the looting and destruction of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad after the entrance of the US army in spring 2003. See e.g. the Oriental Institute of the University … Continue reading

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On Orphan Objects

Geneva’s Musée Ariana (museum of ceramics and glass) is currently showing an exhibition of their collection of ceramics from around the „Islamic“ world: Terres d’Islam – l’Ariana sort de ses reserves II: http://www.ville-ge.ch/ariana/index.php?content=1.2.1.1.1.1.&id_eve=1329&langue=frs In many ways, it is a conventional … Continue reading

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Imagining Syria or Can you get contact lenses in Deir Az-Zor?

A comment on a recent article discussing the complex situation in Damascus during these days of inner-city fighting between the FSA and the regular army referred to the difficulties Lawrence of Arabia encountered when reaching Damascus. It was not quite … Continue reading

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The Museum Revisited

Knowledge, authenticity and forgery in two exhibitions by Leila Pazooki and Mohamad Said Baalbaki Museums as authoritative spaces for the creation and archiving of knowledge have a long tradition in the Western world. From the beginnings as cabinet of curiosities … Continue reading

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