Sometimes it is a good idea to get the bigger picture. Archaeology is a wonderful thing, but what happens once the excavation is over? Whose responsibility is the upkeep of the site? What happens to the artifacts collected? Who cares?
Playing Darts with a Rembrandt is by Joseph Sax. At first glance, this might seem a weird choice, but the questions that Sax asks about ownership of heritage are some of the same questions we have faced at the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In his introduction, Sax asks, “why do we feel diminished when something that does not belong to us is destroyed, or taken away?” Why is our project meaningful to so many who have never set foot on the Temple Mount? The book brings up many discussion points that are relevant in the larger world of museums and heritage management, and interesting to those who want to delve into one aspect of the ethics and philosophy of heritage and culture. Yet, this book at its root discusses why we care about heritage and material culture and what we may be able to do about it.