Worth a peak at what is going on in blighty
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... eign-itemsNeanderthal skulls and the remains of an extinct sloth named after Charles Darwin are among the items requested for repatriation from British institutions, as documents reveal museums are facing calls to return some of their most treasured items to their places of origin.
The pressure on museums to grapple with the provenance of their collections has been revealed by freedom of information requests submitted by the Guardian.
A series of high-profile restitution claims have been received by institutions including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in recent months. They include a call from the government of Gibraltar for the return of Neanderthal remains, including the first adult skull to be discovered by scientists, and a request from Chile for the repatriation of the remains of a now extinct giant ground sloth.
Send them the packing materials and some crappy plastic skulls from Carolina Biologicals. They won't know the difference. A nods as good as a wink.
Serious issue though. I am aware that the Philie museum has sent back some arms and armor that the collector Kienbusch "acquired" ages ago. As I recall there was a helmet that was removed from a church in england during the early part of the last century in order for an accurate copy to be made. The copy was made and, you guessed it, returned to the church whilst the original went off to a private collection. Eventually finding it's way to the US.
Frankly, there is little of a foreign origin in US museums that any museum has clear title to. It seems that the concept of protection from an ex post facto law is sorta inoperative in the current climate.
You might check this book out
https://www.amazon.com/Who-Owns-Past-Cu ... B001QRCZ7W
for a level headed discussion.
One might consider that things like the Elgin Marbles would look like shit today if left to the leftist devices of the boy loving Athenians (paraphrase from 300), one might argue that they belong should be in the care of to those that are able to protect them.
Its sorta funny, I have been selling off my collection for the past few years and I apprehend now (though I always paid lip service to the concept) how much I was just a short term caretaker whose only job was to keep the damn things safe.
Anyway, I think I wrote about this in the past, worth a revisit probably.