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AAMD’s Revised Guidelines Issued for Antiquities Collecting

You’ve been waiting for this and so have I. Now it’s here.

The Association of Art Museum Directors’ Revisions to the 2008 Guidelines on the Acquisition of Archaeological Material and Ancient Art has just hit its website, so I’ll be reading it along with you.

But this welcome news did leap out at me from the “Introduction”:

The 2013 revision also adds certain definitions and examples, and clarifies that if an acquisition must be posted on the AAMD Object Registry because it was acquired based on an exception in the Guidelines, the posting must explain how the acquisition fits one or more of the exceptions.

I’ve written about the urgent need for exactly that, here, here and here.

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