Archaeology and Relic-Hunting

I say yes!

This page is dedicated to the joint cooperation of the Relic/Treasure Hunter and the Amateur/Professional Archaeologist. Although - on the surface - this appears to be an oxy-moronic statement, nothing could be further from the truth; both can - and have - worked together.
Having been both a relic-hunter and a student of archaeology, I have seen the benefits.
With cooperation, the symbiosis can work.
My point is this: every day, another archaeological site is disturbed or an artifact lost - due to the elements or man; the sites and artifacts cannot be restored or replaced. There simply are not enough "professionals" available to monitor, survey, and excavate every site in the time-frame allowed by the "progress" of modern man.
To allow any potential archaeological site to be disturbed - if not totally destroyed - by hap-hazard excavation - with the sole purpose of moving material for new construction - is nothing short of criminal. I propose that the archaeological "enterpreneur" can work hand-in-hand with the "professional" archaeologist and will do less damage in a lifetime than any modern construction crew can do in one day.
I do not condone the pilfering of burial grounds or "sacred" sites, but I do acknowledge there are areas that should be explored in spite of biased regulations and lobby.
I know the "professional archaeologist" frowns upon the thought of lending credence to the "relic hunter". The former usually works for the science, while the latter usually works for personal gain (usually financial). I see no problem with either, except where judgment is clouded by the tendencies of one over the other. I believe the professional archaeologist should work to bring the relic-hunter "into the fold" and not isolate them. I truly believe more can be accomplished through cooperation than with the alternative.
Your comments - in regard to this proposal - are welcome.

Below are some of my book holdings on Archaeology and Anthropology. The best advice anyone can offer is, "READ BOOKS." There are a number of wonderful books available and below I have listed some of my holdings. AGAIN, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
List of Books:

"The Offerings of the Templo Mayor Tenochtitlan" by Leonardo Lopez Lujan, translated by Bernard R. Ortiz de Montellano and Thelma Ortiz de Montellano -
University Press of Colorado
"Reading the Past: Ancient Writing from Cuneiform to the Alphabet"
introduced by J.T. Hooker - Barnes & Noble Books
"Archaeology: Discoveries in the 1960s" by Edward Bacon - Praeger Publishers
"The Atlas of Archaelogy" consultant editor Professor K. Branigan - St. Martin's Press
"The Sea Remembers: Shipwrecks and Archaeology" edited by Peter Throckmorton - Barnes & Noble
"Ramses the Great: The Pharoah and His Time" by Rita E. Freed -
Mint Museum of Art
"Signs and Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Their Meaning and Origins" -
by Clare Gibson - Barnes & Noble
"History Was Buried: Great Discoveries in Archaeology" by Margaret Wheeler -
Hart Publishing Company, Inc.
"Origins: What New Discoveries Reveal About the Emergeance of Our Species and its Possible Future" by Richard E. Leakey and Roger Lewin - E.P. Dutton, New York
"The Ascent of Man" by J. Bronowski - Little, Brown and Company
"In the Beginning: An Introduction to Archaeology" by Brian M. Fagan -
Little, Brown and Company
"Vanishing Peoples of the Earth" foreward by Leonard Carmichael -
National Geographic Society
"The Incredible INCAS and Their Timeless Land" by Loren McIntyre -
National Geographic Society
"World prehistory - in a new perspective" by Grahame Clark - Cambridge University Press
"Gods, Graves, & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology" by C.W. Ceram -
Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher
"The Killer Mountains: The Story of the Last Search for the Lost Dutchman Mine"
by Curt Gentry - The New American Library, Publisher
"Padre Island: Treasure Kingdom of the World" by William Mahan -
Texian Press, Publisher
"The Archaeology of La Calsada: A Rockshelter in the Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico"
by C. Roger Nance - The University of Texas Press
"Pioneer to the Past: The Story of James H. Breasted" by Charles Breasted -
Charles Scribner's Sons, Publisher
"The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs"
by Linda Schele and Peter Mathews - Scribner, Publisher
"Scandals in the House of Birds: Shamans and Priests on Lake Atitlan"
by Nathaniel Tarn and Martin Prechtel - Marsilio Publishers
"Man-Apes or Ape-Men?: The Story of Discoveries in Africa"
by Sir Wilfrid E. Le Gros Clark - Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., Publisher
"The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About The Past"
by Jane McIntosh - Facts-On-File Publications
ARCHAEOLOGY in the NEAR EAST" Volumes 1 thru 5 (complete set)
Eric M. Meyers, Editor-in-Chief - Oxford University Press
"NEMEA I: The Sacred Square, The Xenon, and The Bath"
By Darice E. Birge, Lynn H. Kraynak, and Stephen G. Miller
University of California Press
"A Chronical Taxononomy of Conus, 1758-1840"
By Alan J. Kohn, Smithsonian Institution Press
Edited by Jocelyn Murray - Andromeda Oxford Limited
"CIVILISATION" by Kenneth Clark, Harper & Row, Publishers
"Conquistadors and Pueblos: The Story of the American Southwest 1540-1848"
By Olga Hall-Quest, Illustrated by Marain Ebert, E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
"Chalcatzingo: Excavations on the Olmec Frontier"
By David C. Grove, Thames & Hudson, Ltd.
"The Holy Land" by David Roberts R.A., White Star Publishers
"Egypt & Nubia" by David Roberts R.A., White Star Publishers
"DINOSAUR LIVES: Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga"
By John R. Horner, Harper-Collins Publishers
"THE NAKED APE: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal"
By Desmond Morris, McGraw-Hill Book Company
"Darwin to DNA, Molecules to Humanity"
By G. Ledyard Stebbins, W.H. Freeman and Company

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