Dispute Over Java Man Raises a Question: Who Owns Prehistory?

Photo by Ilvy Njiokiktjien / VII for The New York Times. A skull cap belonging to Java Man, on display at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. The ancient remains are believed to belong to Homo erectus, a “missing link” between humans and apes.

“An Indonesian claim against a Dutch museum has pushed the debate about restitution into the realm of the natural history museum — where it hasn’t been much of an issue until now.”

View the story, “Dispute over ‘Java man’ raises a question: Who owns prehistory?,” shot by Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The New York Times.

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