- archaeological excavations be carried out under the highest standards possible;
- illicit trade of antiquities be actively discouraged; and
- the authorities of the Department of Antiquities be informed of any improper activities involving excavation or exportation of archaeological artifacts.
Wikiquote doesn't provide a citation for the following quote attributed to Justice Brandeis:
The most important political office is that of the private citizen.Regardless, it is good to see an archaeologist living up to this creed.
Those who click through to Tompa's post on the ACCG site will note the conspiratorial tone of his news item. Click even further for his observations that archaeologists effectively represent archaeological interests in their interactions with the United States Government. This is good news.
If there is a conspiracy, count me in. I'm happy to state right here that I too have been consulted by the State Department on matters of cultural heritage leglislation and that I've visited Congressional offices on the same topic. I certainly defer to Dr. Parks when it comes to the efficacy of my interactions but do hope to live up to her example.