Thursday, March 21, 2013

Freedom of expression?

But how and when one presents archaeological discoveries to the public is virtually unregulated. Who gets to tell the story about a site’s importance is a critical step that often leaves out the excavators and the historians and brings other individuals into the picture; and often those other individuals have a very different agenda altogether from that of the excavation team and thus a very different story to tell. Indeed, that story sometimes comes as a complete surprise to the excavators. How projects are funded—that is, where the funding comes from—often has a profound impact on how the story is told.—Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media page 202

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