Friday, January 20, 2012

MA Thesis: Culture in Court --- The Saga of The Persepolis Tablets A Case Study

Culture in Court --- The Saga of The Persepolis Tablets A Case Study
Ahouraiyan, Taraneh; Warren-Findley, Jannelle; Warrren-Findley, Jannelle; Thompson, Victoria; Smith, Louis. Arizona State University, 2011. 2011. 1502753.
ISBN 9781267060761
MA Thesis Arizona State University
ProQuest document ID 912168904

This thesis explores the implications that the outcome of a certain U.S. lawsuit involving antiquities could have on practices and programs in the United States, related to cultural heritage and history. This paper examines the Rubin et al case, which sought to attach a collection of ancient Persian artifacts (known as The Persepolis Tablets) as a source of legal compensation. 

Presented as a case study, and using primary and secondary research sources, this paper analyzes the Rubin et al lawsuit and the factors that led to its initiation, and seeks to determine how and why adverse consequences could result from its final ruling.

This thesis demonstrates that the final decision in the lawsuit could leave a negative impact on a number of practices related to cultural heritage in the United States, especially with regards to cultural and academic institutions such as museums and universities.
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