Question of the Week: To return? Or not?

You may have seen the headlines: “Aborigine wants boomerang to return
from Britain,” “Antiquities Returned to Greece by Getty Museum,”
“Looted Antiquities Returned to Iraq,” and so on.

There is no question as to whether or not antiquities removed from
their country of origin illicitly should be returned. But, what about
those items that have been exported through the proper channels? Where
no duplicity was involved?

This week, Antique Trader wants to know: Should historic artifacts
always be returned to their country of origin if they were originally
legally obtained?

Please e-mail or post a reply here to let us know.

Here’s an excellent related story from the Associated Press that you don’t want to miss:

Antiquities smuggling: Growing problem at US ports