New technology may bring an end to the "cultural property wars" of the late 20th-early 21st centuries. Data archaeology and remote sensing will allow governments to ascertain what land is really archaeologically sensitive and which is not. Protective efforts may be focused on the former while the latter will be open to building projects and recreational metal detecting. Meanwhile, 3D printer technology will allow source countries to produce copies for display and sell off originals to collectors for a handsome profit. Such monies that are obtained can then be used to fund archaeological research and preservation efforts.
But how will the archaeological lobby react? Will it go with the flow or remained mired in the mentality of the "cultural property wars" of the past?