The Art Newspaper is reporting about limited salvage efforts going on at an important Buddhist site in Afghanistan. See http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Race-to-save-Buddhist-relics-in-former-Bin-Laden-camp/23443 Ths site is scheduled to be destroyed shortly for a Chinese owned copper mine.
Groups like the AIA and SAFE and archaeo-bloggers like Gill and Barford are constantly viligent when it comes to "looting." Yet, they remain strangely silent about the state sanctioned destruction of world class archaeological sites. Are there double standards at work?