Saturday, July 6, 2013

Italy Needs Better Laws

Italian authorities have announced the seizure of Etruscan artifacts removed from a tomb found during the building of a garage.   The New York Times reporting does not suggest the tomb was found on public land or on a known archaeological site.   The finders presumably did not report their find because the State would have shut down their construction project and offered no realistic prospect of compensation.  Italy should look for better ways to handle such situations.  It should be about conservation not control.

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