A turf battle in France between public and private sector archaeologists has led to the Louvre being occupied by angry public sector archaeologists. Meanwhile, in the nearby United Kingdom as interested amateurs publish thousands of finds, materials excavated by professionals languish in warehouses.
Of course, the situation is far worse in the favorite countries of the archaeological lobby-- Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Egypt, There, amateur archaeologists are treated the same as looters for profit while underfunded and corrupt archaeological establishments are poor stewards of even the most important artifacts.
Perhaps, the answer is more competition. Unleash the passion of private individuals and groups in community archaeology efforts. And, of course, let them share redundant artifacts with the state and landowers. As long as items are properly recorded, preserved and published, why not?