Concerning John Hooker's comments on the destruction of material which is
not destined for retention in museum collections:
> I would call it psychotic [...].
I think rather than psychosis, this is analogous to the fate of the 'soft'
drugs seized by the customs. If the seized material was sold, it would
revenue for increasing the effectiveness of controls on the illegal transit
of cultural property (for example). It is obvious though why this does not
take place, even though there are those (perhaps on this list too) who would
argue that 'soft' drugs can and should be legalised. In a similar manner -
collectors like John and like-minded list members may not agree - for some
members of the archaeological community and museum world the existence of a
market in antiquities is not acceptable and they will not willingly supply
it with merchandise to line the pockets of those who profit from the dealing
in this sort of material.
But we HAVE been over this all before on this list in particular in
connection with these Italian vessels from about the middle of December last
year (message from John Ambrose) to the first week of January this year.