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Good Morning America Highlights Looters

February 18, 2008

The following news segment was a headline on Yahoo.com this morning:

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=6482851&=4226714&src=news=4226714&src=news


It shows an ABC anchor diving with the treasure hunters, including
using a scooter to blow away sand from a potential find. If you
watch the clip, you will hear archaeologists being dismissed
derisively at the end of the interview, with the treasure hunter
adding that he has “never yet seen an archaeologist without having an
incredible collection in his basement.” It is also insinuated that
treasure hunters are the only ones willing to spend the money to go
find these sites.

I don’t know about all of you, but I have no “collection” to boast
of. And if the public, ethically committed institutions that I am
affiliated with would have access to funding like privately owned
corporations do, I am sure we would be more than happy to record
those sites as well.

I have emailed ABC to express my displeasure that such activities
are being spotlighted and have suggested that if they’re going to do
so, that archaeologists should at least be given equal time to
present our side, not simply be summarily dismissed. I encourage
everyone who sees this to do the same as well. The feedback page for
this clip can be found here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=Good%20Morning%20America

Thanks for reading.

Michelle Damian
MUA Exhibits Editor.

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