AIA Speaks Out on Unethical Digging of Archaeological Sites
March 22, 2012
Elizabeth Bartman, AIA President, sent letters to executives at National Geographic and Spike TV to express concern over the content of two new TV shows--Diggers (National Geographic) and American Digger (Spike TV)--that promote treasure-hunting and the unethical digging of archaeological sites.
You may read them at http://www.archaeological.org/news/advocacy/8256
The March 20 edition of the New York Times has an interesting article about this controversy: "TV Digs Will Harm Patrimony, Scholars Say," written by Bill Carter.
In addition, Ben Thomas, Director of Programs, was quoted in the Huffington Post on the same issue:
We began the first week with our second group of students by explaining the archaeology of Achill Island and touring the sites at Slievemore.
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