Why we need more public archaeology programs . . .


I actually had this conversation at a party–okay, it’s a little exaggerated, but this person really had skull fragments and artifacts from a site he visited back in the 1970s.  He said the site had been badly looted, so what did it matter if he took stuff, too?  Everyone else was doing it.  I kept hinting at repatriation and how wrong it is to steal artifacts, but it fell on deaf ears.  People need to understand that it’s both unethical and illegal to remove artifacts from archaeological sites.  It doesn’t matter if ‘everyone is doing it.’

Jobs in Archaeology: Part 4


Every archaeologist has a duty to educate the public about the importance of protecting and preserving archaeological sites.  There will always be those who will steal artifacts from sites–people love arrowheads–but I honestly think the vast majority of people would want to protect the past if they understood how fragile it is.