The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) announced on Facebook today that its membership voted "to strengthen and clarify its guidelines for collecting archaeological material & ancient art."
The AAMD is holding its mid-winter meeting this week in Kansas City, Missouri. Dallas Museum of Art director Maxwell Anderson, chair of AAMD's Task Force on Archaeological Material and Ancient Art, was expected to lead a presentation discussing the AAMD’s guidelines.
Any revised guidelines should be studied with interest given Anderson's hopeful remarks in The Art Newspaper in 2011 that museums are changing from “treasure houses” to “stewards of cultural heritage ...."
UPDATE January 13, 2013: The new guidelines are now published here.
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