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American Diggers. This show does nothing to add to our cultural understanding of our heritage. It promotes the destruction and monetization of objects that for many of us, represent a shared history that is owned by the many, not just a few.
Many professional archaeologists, including myself, have spoken out against this blatant portrayal of looting and the selling off of our history. Many professional organizations such as the Society for American Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association have called upon Spike TV to remove this show.
If our heritage is for sale, then it only goes to prove to the rest of the world, that America, at its foundation, is for sale to the highest bidder. We have lost our collective conscious and our national identity to those who pay the highest, or provide the quickest return. I do not care if the show is fake, what I do care about is the lesson it teaches to everyone, that it is the object and its worth are more valued than the knowledge and cultural capital for us all.
I'm still trying to figure out if the Huffington Post believes this nonsense or not. Why give these people face time or promotional time? I think they should rot in jail, after all, they are stealing from you and me...our cultural history is not for f**king sale!
American Digger Article of Huffington Post