|Posted by John Mangels on August 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM|
Title: “Finders Keepers – A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession”
Author: Craig Childs
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
What would you do if you found an arrowhead, a pot shard, a complete pot, an unopened storage cyst?
When does an archaeologist become a collector?
When do museums have enough stuff?
What is the best way to preserve the past?
Craig Childs poses these and many more questions in 15 though provoking essays on the legal, moral and ethical aspects of modern archaeology where he draws from personal experience in the southwest and from case studies from around the world. Craig hints at what he would do, but he leaves open the final question – what would you do?
In “Finders Keepers”, Craig believes that the finals disposition of any archaeological artifact is up to the finder and it becomes his responsibility, as keeper, to give the artifact the respect and honor that it deserves. Hence the Finder becomes the Keeper – he has the final say.
This book is a must read for anyone who searches for or visits archaeological sites. One should know in their own mind what they would do if confronted by any of the above circumstances.