John Hooker wrote:
> The only practical solution to the destruction of archaeological sites
> and, importantly, it can only be a partial solution is to address the
No, that is the wrong way round. The problem is demand.
> There are endless ways in which better security can be
> accomplished for known sites. The very important problem of corruption
> in foreign governments should be attacked head on as there are many
> officials in the employ of looting and smuggling cartels.
The corruption exists because there is demand - because there are
> It is also vitally important to realize that the UNESCO approach has not
> only been ineffective, but has actually contributed to the problem. As
> long as there are laws that severely restrict the public ownership
Freudian slip - you meant private ownership, of course.
> and even exportation of coins and antiquities then abuse will
> continue. People might not like this fact, but it is very true. The
> proof is that none of the current practices have worked and to
> continue to work along those lines is pure madness. It is also not
> understood by many archaeologists that there could never be the
> numbers of museum and archaeological staff in the world to keep up
> with the discipline of numismatics and that this subject has been
> propelled, since its origins in the fifteenth century by amateur
> collectors and professional dealers.
Well, what has propelled it is money, of course - literally in this case.
> Also vitally important is the understanding of what culture really is
> and we should have learned, long ago, that culture is transmitted by
> individuals and that nationalistic ideas of culture is not only
> outdated but is morally reprehensible in every way. The very language
> that I am using in this email is proof of our real heritage as
> English consists of Germanic, Greek and Latin languages. An American
> serious collector of Roman coins does more to carry the ancient Roman
> culture forward than does the average Italian. Culture passes through
> individuals and the individual should not be lessened by the state.
> That is totalitarianism as Ted Buttrey points out.
This is paranoid fantasy descending into delusion.
> I find it also morally reprehensible that the objects of history
> should be ignored or even neglected from proper study and publication
> for dubious political motives and no one addressed this problem as I
> described it in my post "Donnan and the National Geographic".
> Many years ago, I worked to fight various mind cults. I have also done
> some anti terrorist work for the RCMP Securities Services --the ex
> Canadian Intelligence. What I am seeing in some of these discussions
> here is cult mentality and the techniques that are being used such as
> any number of logical fallacies, black PR, perceptual engineering and
> manipulation are the very same techniques employed by fanatical cult
> leaders and terrorist instigators. Such people usually achieve the
> very opposite of they set out to do. Jung calls this enantiodromia.
What was I saying about paranoid fantasy and delusions?