The curatorial consequences of being moved, moveable or portable: the case of carved stones

Sally M Foster

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Abstract

It matters whether a carved stone is moved, moveable or portable. This influences perceptions of significance and form and nature - is it a monument or an artefact? This duality may in turn affect understanding and appreciation of the resource. It has implications for how and if carved stones can be legally protected, who owns them, where and how they are administered, and by whom. The complexities of the legislation mean that all too often this is also a grey area. This paper explores these curatorial issues and their impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalScottish Archaeological Journal
Volume32
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • carved stones
  • meaning
  • dual identity

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