Archaeologists have a responsibility to share their findings with the public. They can do this by working with schools, museums, media specialists, and educators.
No. Usually archaeologists’ findings are legally the property of the country where they are discovered; the archaeologist has no legal right to buy or sell them.
There is actually some tension between archaeologists and museums because archaeologists believe that when museums buy artifacts from collectors, it encourages looting. Looting is prohibited by law, but the laws are not always easy to enforce and the financial rewards of breaking them are high. Museums have been accused of not checking the origin of the objects they buy thoroughly enough. Looting is harmful to archaeology because much of what we can learn about an object comes from where it is found. Taking an object out of its context destroys important information.
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