What is the Difference Between Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters?

June 24, 2008

This question has been a hot topic in underwater archaeology during recent years, especially with the blurring of the lines between science and industry and archaeology and marine salvage. The issue doesn’t just involve gold laden treasure ships. It reaches any area containing the submerged cultural resources of our past as underwater archaeologist Ben Ford discovered up in Lake Ontario. As Ben states it, “I had largely stayed out of the fray, partially out of the naïve assumption that in most cases any right-minded individual could distinguish scholarly archaeological research from goodie-grabbing treasure hunting. I was wrong.”

You can read this intriguing post here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/bf/bf_6-13.shtml


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