Thursday, May 11, 2017
Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law and Policy Research is soliciting public funding for detector dogs to roam airports in search of looted antiquities. Leaving aside questions about practicality and the potentially self-serving nature of such an effort, CPO notes that Red Arch is soliciting funds based on dubious claims about the value of antiquity exports from the Middle East. However, as CPO has explained over and over again, this data relates to "country of origin," which typically means place of manufacture NOT PLACE OF EXPORT. So, it is not at all clear that the values cited actually support the supposition that is claimed. So, instead of antiquities detector dogs, perhaps, then a BS detector is what is really needed more than anything else.
Coins Weekly questions whether Goldman Sachs money, power and influence have corrupted US cultural policy. At a minimum, it is a legitimate question where the Antiquities Coalition's non profit archaeological advocacy and the for profit business interests of its founder begin and end.