Collecting Global Antiquity (ARTH-310CA)
Instructor: Bettina Bergmann
The seminar considers the collecting and display of ancient objects from antiquity to the present. We will look at current and past controversies about excavation, plunder, and cultural patrimony. Students will engage in firsthand study of objects. A focus will be an exciting new gift to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum of ancient artifacts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indus Valley, which introduce issues of cross-cultural exchange along the Silk Route.