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DIRECTIONS for questions 13 to 15: The passage given below is followed by a set of three questions. Choose the best answer to each question.

Cultural property, or patrimony, laws limit the transfer of cultural property outside the source country's territory, including outright export prohibitions and national ownership laws. Most art historians, archaeologists, museum officials and policymakers portray cultural property laws in general as invaluable tools for counteracting the ugly legacy of Western cultural imperialism.

During the late 19th and early 20th century – an era former Met director Thomas Hoving called "the age of piracy" – American and European art museums acquired antiquities by hook or by crook, from grave robbers or souvenir collectors, bounty from digs and ancient sites in impoverished but art-rich source countries. Patrimony laws were intended to protect future archaeological discoveries against Western imperialist designs.

But as it turns out, those laws may not be an unalloyed good. In country after country, empirical data show that when rigid cultural property laws are put in place, major archaeological excavations and discoveries slow markedly, making source countries – and the world at large – culturally poorer.

I surveyed 90 countries with one or more archaeological sites on UNESCO's World Heritage Site list, and my study shows that in most cases the number of discovered sites diminishes sharply after a country passes a cultural property law. There are 222 archaeological sites listed for those 90 countries. When you look into the history of the sites, you see that all but 21 were discovered before the passage of cultural property laws.

Many variables may cause a drop-off in archaeological discoveries country by country, but statistically speaking, it's nearly impossible that the decline shown in the data isn't also related to the passage of cultural property laws.

Strict cultural patrimony laws are popular in most countries. But the downside may be that they reduce incentives for foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations and educational institutions to invest in overseas exploration because their efforts will not necessarily be rewarded by opportunities to hold, display and study what is uncovered. To the extent that source countries can fund their own archaeological projects, artifacts and sites may still be discovered. But the drop in World Heritage Site discoveries after passage of cultural property laws suggests that external sources aren't as active as they were and domestic funding isn't offsetting the loss.

The survey has far-reaching implications. It suggests that source countries, particularly in the developing world, should narrow their cultural property laws so that they can reap the benefits of new archaeological discoveries, which typically increase tourism and enhance cultural pride. This does not mean these nations should abolish restrictions on foreign excavation and foreign claims to artifacts.

13.Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the author’s claim that the decline in archaeological discoveries is due to the passage of cultural property laws?

a)Cultural property laws are present only in the developed countries.

b)Cultural property laws in most of the countries came into existence only recently.

c)Cultural property laws are beneficial to the local archaeologists but not to foreign ones.

d)Cultural property laws prohibit foreign ownership of cultural artefacts. 

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@MBAaspirant2  ·  1,556 karma

B is the only one which gives some insight into weakening of author's claim - coming into existence recently would not make it a reason for declining discoveries in the past. D is a straight forward information given in the passage, so this would be a neutral statement, rather doesn't provide any reasoning. In A and C, presence of cultural property laws on any one source i.e. developed or non local, might escalate the discoveries through some other source, so this cannot be concluded or would be dicey to say. Hence, B seems to be an apt reasoning.

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@Deepayan1999SPJIMR Mumbai  ·  1,167 karma

 @MBAaspirant2  ok, right, time's explanation here seems to be a bit weird. got confused with that. :D

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