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Cultural Property and the International Cultural Property Society

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2005

Daniel Shapiro
President, International Cultural Property Society. Email:


Cultural property goes back a long way. It is probably fair to say that it originated with the beginnings of human creation, the earliest material and intellectual expressions of mankind. And as soon as there was cultural property, there likely was dispute, although in a most primitive form. The destruction, supplanting, and taking of another group's cultural creations may not unreasonably be thought of as the earliest form of cultural property debate.

Research Article
© 2005 International Cultural Property Society

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