>Please John tell us which archaeologists are
>"deliberately destroyed by the archaeologists (it happens a lot with
>pottery) to prevent any of it getting into private hands."
I could give you the name of one of them, but I won't. She told me about it
and she was working under direct orders from others (who also were smashing
The dig was in Tusacany. It was Etruscan black bucchero ware. All pots that
bore no decoration were to be smashed. There was a considerable pile of
them. The museums had enough of that type of pottery, and the laws
prohibited its sale, so it could only be destroyed.
I have also heard of the same being done to some undecorated ware in
Greece, but have no specific info on that one. It is evidently not uncommon
in Greece and Italy.
>as frankly I'm very dubious that this occurs, particularly for the reason
>you state. Some artefacts may be destroyed during aggressive scientific
>analysis, but purposeful destruction for such elitist reasons? I've never
>heard of it!
Paul evidently has heard of similar cases.
Here's a link that describes pottery being smashed by Israeli
archaeologists in a protest:
I can't verify the cited article.
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