Archive for July, 2006

Terracotta army in the UK?

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

The spokespeople are being veeery circumspect, but the British Museum might just score the largest exhibition of the terracotta warriors ever seen outside China. They’re hoping it’ll happen by the end of 2007.

The UK continues to be a giant loot-magnet. Lucky bastidges.


Well that’s a twist

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Facing a shortage of manpower, the Archaeological Survey of India has decided to outsource the conservation of monuments, starting with certain portions of the Red Fort and Safdarjung Tomb in the capital.

Emphasis mine; article theirs.

Don’t worry, though. In keeping with the fine tradition of IT outsourcing, this version too will feature you-get-what-you-pay-for service and skills.

However, only relatively modern monuments will be given to private agencies for restoration and maintenance work, he said.

“We will especially outsource the conservation of those places which do not require much technical expertise,” he said.

Good call.