Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Archaeologist Donna Yates has again blamed Western collectors for looting in third world countries. Yet, in so doing, Yates lets on that workers employed on digs she has worked on have admitted to her that they engage in looting in the long off season. If archaeologists paid local diggers a fair living wage they would see no need to loot to help make ends meet. So, perhaps the blame should be on rich American Universities and archaeologists themselves rather than on Western collectors, who after all, collect not for money or fame, but for genuine interest in past societies.