Comments on: Better living through archeology http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Cherkea Howery http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-7061 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:31:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-7061 For D.A. Coffin, maybe you were looking for this article from Archaeology Magazine, “Forging Ahead,” May/June 2009 by Charles Stanish.

I applaud the efforts of SPI and Larry Coben. I hope the communities are able to run these sites in order to strengthen the local economy and inspire a greater appreciation for their heritage.

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By: Donald A. Coffin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2566 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 20:59:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2566 I particularly like the potential for production of replicas. I recently read (here? in The National Geograhic Magazine? somewhere) that the production of high-quality replicas has already made inroads into the sale of looted artifacts.

And I suspect that at least some museums would be happy to contract with local artisans/craft people to supply replicas for their stores/catalogs.

I can attest that, in Italy, the replica Etruscan figures market (for selling to tourists) is thriving.

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By: a http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2545 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:51:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2545 “The last comment questions Mr. Coben’s intentions…”

Not at all. Why would you say that? It sounds like Mr. Coben’s intentions are good. Kudos to him. Alas, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Again, I ask, what happens to the locals should they not be able to pay back the debt? That was an honest question; perhaps someone knows the reply and can allay my concerns.

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By: SPI http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2542 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:25:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2542 Having heard a presentation by Mr. Coben, it seems that equity vests on a contracted basis, subject to achievement of mutually agreed upon milestones related to preservation.

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By: Seke http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2533 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:28:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2533 The last comment questions Mr. Coben’s intentions in establishing the Sustainable Preservation Initiative. I have known and worked with Mr. Coben on and off since the early 1980’s. He has unparalleled integrity, intelligence and passion for causes in which he believes. One of his greatest strengths is to advocate for his beliefs by putting them into action rather than pontificating endlessly about them or meekly submitting to their challenges by others. Great ideas don’t succeed without courage, commitment and advocacy to back them up. Luckily for those less fortunate, Mr. Coben brings all three to the table with SPI.

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By: a http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2531 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 08:24:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2531 Fine discipline, having the locals go into debt. Debt is quite the American thing! And if the locals can’t pay back the debt? What happens then? Bankruptcy laws in foreign lands may not be quite so forgiving as they are in the U.S.

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By: dsquared http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/comment-page-1/#comment-2530 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 07:38:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/09/better-living-through-archeology/#comment-2530 [He does intend to keep a substantial equity stake in the projects, just so that he can intervene if things go wrong, but at no point will dividend any money out of the local community]

Is this a binding legal commitment, or just a gentleman’s word? And does it apply to all present and future business interests? I only ask because a large part of how Zambia got screwed on the Donegal contracts related to the social and political capital that Michael Sheehan built up while he was being mister nice guy.

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