Download e-book for kindle: About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman by Zeynep Çelik

By Zeynep Çelik

ISBN-10: 1477310193

ISBN-13: 9781477310199

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

About Antiquities bargains an interdisciplinary examine of the connection among archaeology and empire-building round the flip of the 20 th century. beginning at Istanbul and targeting antiquities from the Ottoman territories, Zeynep Çelik examines the preferred discourse surrounding claims to the prior in London, Paris, Berlin, and long island. She compares and contrasts the reviews of 2 museums—Istanbul’s Imperial Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—that aspired to emulate ecu collections and achieve the status and tool of possessing the cloth fragments of historic historical past. Going past associations, Çelik additionally unravels the complex interactions between individuals—Westerners, Ottoman determination 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, rather these of the excavation workers 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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Echoing the developing awareness of the value of antiquities and the informed foreign interest in them, and acknowledging the lack of Ottoman experts, in the aftermath of the 1874 law, a government initiative stipulated the foundation of a school in 1875, designated to educate specialists of antiquity. According to its regulation, the School of the Imperial Museum (Müze-­i Hümayun Mektebi), which would be temporarily housed in the Ministry of Education and moved to the museum building upon its completion, would accept twelve students on scholarship.

Therefore, Beginnings: The Nineteenth-Century Museum ◆ 23 they are particularly valuable for education. In every state, such antiquities are preserved in special museums. In contrast, antique works are everywhere in Ottoman lands, and one sometimes comes across some very rare and highly esteemed examples [in unexpected places]. ”45 The following laws, passed in 1874, 1884, and 1906, increasingly tightened the control over antiquities and restricted their exportation from degrees of partage to an absolute ban.

45 The following laws, passed in 1874, 1884, and 1906, increasingly tightened the control over antiquities and restricted their exportation from degrees of partage to an absolute ban. Echoing the developing awareness of the value of antiquities and the informed foreign interest in them, and acknowledging the lack of Ottoman experts, in the aftermath of the 1874 law, a government initiative stipulated the foundation of a school in 1875, designated to educate specialists of antiquity. According to its regulation, the School of the Imperial Museum (Müze-­i Hümayun Mektebi), which would be temporarily housed in the Ministry of Education and moved to the museum building upon its completion, would accept twelve students on scholarship.

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