ICAHM Protests Television Programs That Encourage Destruction of Archaeological Heritage

An open letter from the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) to Spike TV and the National Geographic Channel

The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) joins with the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), and other organizations that represent the concerns of professional archaeologists in expressing our dismay and deep concern at the airing of television programs that will encourage destruction of our common archaeological heritage. We call upon the two channels, Spike TV and the National Geographic Channel, to stop broadcasting these programs, which celebrate and in that way encourage looting artifacts from battlefields and historic sites.

There are also two petitions on Change.org asking Spike TV and National Geographic to cancel these programs which put heritage at risk. Please lend your support!29

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