Last week's news of the new Bulgarian and renewed China MOUs overshadowed good news coming out of the UK- the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act have now recorded over 920,000 archaeological finds.
It's thus too bad that our own State Department appears to be only interested in helping to prop up corrupt systems in places like Bulgaria and China that only benefit connected insiders. Why not instead promote the system in place in our friend and ally, Great Britain, one that actually engages the public in helping to record and preserve the past?
The proof is in these numbers. We know how many archaeological finds the public has reported in Britain and Wales. How many do you think have been recorded in places like Cyprus, Greece and Italy?
It would be interesting to learn more about such figures from some of the "models" for the anti-collector archaeological establishment, but, of course, these are not readily available, if they are kept at all.