Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation

5-8-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Honors Interdisclipinary

Advisor(s)

Wren R. Stevens

Abstract

This thesis aims to explore how the use of developing technologies in the field of cultural heritage preservation can be applied to the debates of the repatriation of antiquities. By acknowledging the complex and often multifaceted factors that underscore arguments for or against the repatriation of antiquities housed in Europe’s most prestigious museums, we can uncover how technology can be applied to help resolve the underlying concerns. Exact modeling, laser scanning, and virtual reality projects are being developed in the museum and cultural heritage fields to be used for specific projects. These growing technologies can be adapted and applied to repatriation cases to help address concerns about the condition of artifacts, public education and access, and the role of national identities in these discussions.

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