No doubt all, or most of these individuals, really believe in what they are advocating. But even so, given the small numbers why all the influence? Could it be because this small group works hand in hand with foreign governments (including most recently the Egyptian military dictatorship) that offer excavation permits? Or that they are joined at the hip with cronies in both the State Department and in US law enforcement? Or that their time and efforts are effectively funded by tax or tuition dollars? Or that not much thought is put into the actual basis for source country claims? Or that lazy media outlets are all too often ready to take what they say at face value rather than actually check sources? Or, all of the above?
Sunday, June 22, 2014
A very small special interest
It's estimated that there are only approximately 11,000 archaeologists in the United States. Most appear to either be employed by the federal government or not for profit educational institutions. Of this small number, only an infinitesimal few seem to be active in lobbying against private and museum collecting, perhaps 50-100 or so.