Did unemployment contribute to Egyptian Archaeologists’ Syndicate’s demands for blacklisting of foreign archaeologists?

Posted: 18/08/2013 in free archaeology, News & Analysis, resistance
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Over on Conflict Antiquities, I’ve briefly and amateurishly reviewed the crisis of looting and destruction in Egypt, the Egyptian Archaeologists’ Syndicate demand for the blacklisting of all foreign archaeologists, and the possible contribution of archaeological unemployment to the political campaign.

I believe that it may be very significant, because there are both many unemployed young archaeologists and ‘minimal work opportunities outside of the ministry‘. My perception is that the campaign to prohibit foreign archaeologists may be stupid, offensive and dangerous; and it may make sites more vulnerable to cultural property crime; but it would be immediately understandable as a product of economic desperation.

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