UPCOMING EVENT: Theme Parks, Treasure Hunters, and Tribal Icons: World Heritage in an Age of Globalization.

On Dec. 7 by Neil Silberman, University of Massachussets at Amhearst.
The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies and the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office.
Jurow Lecture Hall, New York University, 100 Washington Square East (enter at 32 Waverly Place).
6:30 pm lecture, reception to follow.

This illustrated lecture will describe today’s disturbing, bizarre, sometimes tragi-comic landscape of World Heritage attractions—dug up by archaeologists, heavily promoted by would-be tourist magnates, and enabled through such international marketing promotions as “The New Seven Wonders of the World” and the UNESCO World Heritage list. Cultural tourism has all to often become just another entertainment alternative in an age when Indiana Jones has become the AIA’s fundraising icon and developing countries desperately strip mine their archaeological resources in a quest to attract high-end adventure tourists to earn hard foreign currency. This lecture will present anecdotes and telling examples of how the past is being supersized and trivialized from Mongolia to Mali to Machu Picchu and how archaeologists are all too often knowingly—or unknowingly—complicit in the creation of this vast global theme park of the past.

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