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Ottoman Legislation on Antiquities in the Long 19th Century

BIAA with Artemis Papatheodorou

April 18, 2023
17:00 - 18:30 (London BST) 19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)
Places are limited. For both in person and online attendance registration is required.

British Institute at Ankara, Tahran Caddesi 24, Kavaklıdere, 06700 Ankara (10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH)

In modern times, the Ottoman Empire was one of only a handful of states that pioneered archaeological heritage protection through law. Between 1869 and 1906, the Ottoman state promulgated four special laws on antiquities (asar-ı atika nizamnamesi) aimed at regulating this field in a comprehensive manner. This presentation will discuss the goals of each one of these laws. It will also examine their content, especially in terms of protection of antiquities, ownership and export of finds, and archaeological research. This presentation will moreover look into the ways in which the laws on antiquities were implemented throughout the Empire. Finally, it will try to locate the Empire in a global (archaeological) context, primarily through a comparison with Greece and Great Britain.

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