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I don't understand what you are saying. Universities, government, private archaeologists and archaeological societies, to my experience, are very good about responding to the public and offering information as to what they may have found. I have just seen that personally as a top guy in his field gave a very good explanation for an item that someone had found, photographed, and emailed him a query about. It's also something I do. You are either talking to, or listening to, the wrong people.
Originally posted by infoseeker26754
Really its quite simple, the small guy who might have found something top dogs don't care about! Seems to me if they did not find it it is of no value. Most get blown off and become forgotten, thrown away as nothing but sediment, or another plain explaination.
Really there should be a open place to bring things to to be looked at really. Not some school/collage that wants braging points. People outside the mainstream who want to look, explore and see things for what they are!
My comments here are going to reflect a local context.
Originally posted by PGTWEED
reply to post by JohnnyCanuck
Sorry, JohnnyCanuck. Infoseeker is also correct. I know archaeologists who have had what he described happen to them. They make a find, report to the appropriate academics, who then dismiss the find only to lead an excavation at the site where the find was discovered by the archaeologist that reported the discovery. Infoseeker is describeing the jealousies between amatuer and academic archaeologists. Especially, if the discovery is controversial political or historical.
2007 the Chinese government allowed a National Geographic Society team headed by Spencer Wells to examine the mummies' DNA. Wells was able to extract undegraded DNA from the internal tissues. The scientists extracted enough material to suggest the Tarim Basin was continually inhabited from 2000 BCE to 300 BCE and preliminary results indicate the people, rather than having a single origin, originated from Europe, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley and other regions yet to be determined.