Spike TV and National Geographic Channel are glamorizing the looting of American archaeological sites.A lawsuit has already been filed against National Geographic after illegal digging on state land for the "Diggers: Montana Juice" episode.
|Lamoka projectile points from central New York |
made from quartz and flint.
PAR via Wikimedia Commons
"On 20 March, Spike TV will premiere a new show called American Digger, while a show called Diggerson the National Geographic Channel made its debut 28 February. Both shows "promote and glorify the looting and destruction of archaeological sites," Society for American Archaeology (SAA) President William F. Limp wrote in a message posted earlier this week to the SAA listserv.
'Two hundred years ago, archaeology was a treasure hunt—finding fabulous things for museum collections,' says Lekson. 'But we learned long ago that archaeological sites were really books to be read, pages of history. We can learn a great deal about pasts we would otherwise never know, by studying sites themselves and artifacts (simple or spectacular) in their original contexts at sites. When treasure hunters loot sites, ripping artifacts out of the ground, we lose any chance of understanding context—what was with what, its date, how it was used, what it can tell us about history—all so somebody can have a trinket on their mantelpiece.'
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For further reading:
- "Archaeologists Protest 'Glamorization' of Looting on TV" on Science Magazine
- "'Diggers,' 'American Digger' TV Shows Said To Promote Looting Of Archaeological Sites" on Huffington Post