What do you think of the various debates currently going on about the reappropriation and repatriation of historical artefacts?
One famous example would be the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum: Video I somehow can't embed
And Turkey is currently reclaiming a lot of artifacts "lost" under the Ottoman reign:
But this also concerns Egypt and India and many, many other countries. It isn't really a black and white issue and I don't have a ready answer.
I am mainly interested in questions like: how old would claims have to be to become irrelevant? What responsibility does a modern nation carry for acts of previous generations made under duress (occupation, colonialism, dictatorship, etc)? Would you distinguish between legal and moral claims? If so, why and how? What role should a country's ability to properly take care of an artifact play? What role should it play how many people can access an artifact at different places? When does an artifact stop "belonging" to one nation/culture and become universal heritage? What does it imply if an artifact is in fact universal heritage?
But any input on this admittedly slightly nerdy topic is welcome!