Skip to comments.Can Privatization Save the Treasures of Ancient Greece?
Posted on 02/08/2014 1:31:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv
In the wake of government austerity, some closest to Greece's treasures are advocating turning them over to private companies... Miller has a solution, which he says will generate jobs and protect Greece's vast archaeological wealth from the ravages of an economic crisis which has closed down ancient sites, shuttered museums and caused looting to surge. In a detailed proposal sent to the government at the end of last year, he suggests letting private companies take over the development, promotion and security of certain under-exploited sites in exchange for a share of revenue generated from tourists.
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Aerial view of the Temple of Zeus in Ancient Nemea, built in 330 B.C. The column drums, averaging 2.5 tons each, can be seen scattered around the temple. UC Berkeley researchers are leading the effort to reconstruct the temple's columns. Photo courtesy of Nemea Excavations Archive, UC Berkeley
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The unprovenanced Amarna tablets have played an important role in Biblical archaeological scholarship. Photo: Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz/Art Resource, NY.
Why not ship the stuff to museums in London, Paris and Berlin? Hey, it’s a proven model. :-))