Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Data Archaeology, Remote Sensing and 3D Printer Technology Offer Solutions for the Future

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? 

1 comment:

John H said...

"Archaeological services can amount to between 1 and 3 per cent of contractors' total construction cost," says the 'New Scientist Tech,' report. This huge cost is passed on to the buyer and can run to millions.

The beneficiaries of this huge con trick are the archaeologists themselves, whose job security and high salaries are dependent on the laws forcing developers to bring them in prior to construction.

It's all a bit like Ford Motors, for example, sponsoring a law to be passed in their favor that all government departments must buy Ford automobiles to the exclusion of all others.

Corrupt? Not if you're a Ford employee/shareholder.

Warm wishes

John Howland