First Person: What to Do with Unprovenanced Artifacts—Publish or Perish?
By Hershel Shanks
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Two books recently came across my desk that reveal yet another cleavage within the archaeological profession.
In some respects the books are quite similar. Both are collections of papers delivered at scholarly conferences that were then gathered together to make a book. Both have senior scholars among the presenter-authors. Both books are edited by husband-and-wife teams—one by Eric and Carol Meyers and the other by Meir and Edith Lubetski. And a final similarity: Both teams of editors are friends of mine.
Otherwise they are quite different.
A major focus of the Meyers book, titled Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media, is the antiquities trade.1 For the presenters at their conference, the antiquities trade is anathema.

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