In the extremes of the archaeological blogosphere, the suggestion that rich American Universities that sponsor archaeological digs in source countries like Greece should pay their local workers a fair living wage has provoked some controversy. Yet, with authorities such as Donna Yates admitting that underpaid diggers loot in the long off season, doesn't it make sense that well paid workers will be less likely to use their knowledge of their sites to steal? And it's also true that after some pressure American Universities have already been paying their service workers at home better? So, why isn't this instead a common sense solution to an obvious problem that American Universities should adopt and publicize as something they are doing to give back to the localities where they sponsor digs?
Update (5/31/16)-- One of CPO's readers indicates that the issues of site security and fair wages for local archaeological workers were discussed at a recent conference sponsored by the University of Chicago. Glad to hear there are others out there who support responsible archaeology!