Thursday Lecture Series: Evidence

A Question of Provenance: Evidence and the Antiquities Market

Thursday, The Heyman Center

Morag Kersel’s talk discussed the role that provenance (that is,
the documented history of ownership and exchange) and provenience
(the scientifically documented find-spot and its context)
play in determining the legal status, market value, and archaeological
significance of antiquities. Although evidence of an object’s
history can support claims for its authenticity, and thus increase
its monetary value to dealers and collectors, this evidence is frequently
concealed or manufactured to avoid legal restrictions on
the excavation and trade in antiquities.