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Neanderthal birthplace kills archaeology funding 6 years 3 months ago #11752

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Neanderthal birthplace kills archaeology funding

GERMANY - The region is riddled with the remains of all sorts of ancient societies and attracts archaeologists from around the world.

With Roman settlements along the River Rhine and as the region where Neanderthals were discovered, and thus named after, NRW has long been a source of learning about our predecessors.

But this could soon die out, as the Der Spiegel news magazine reported on Thursday that the state government plans to cut its funding each year until 2015, when there will be nothing left at all.

Currently, the state government puts aside €12 million for archaeological projects. Next year this will be slashed to €3.3 million and after that there will be nothing. The cost of a project is split between state and one of the region's two landscape associations – the Landschaftsverbände. They say they will not be able to fund digs alone.

A new bill drafted by the state government would put the onus of paying for a dig on the person planning to build on land where a find of historical importance is made.

But legal responsibility ends with the dig - there is nothing to ensure the restoration or examination of what might be found.

This could leave important finds lying in boxes unexamined, Frank Siegmund of the German society for ancient and early history told Der Spiegel.

He added that without money, archaeologists would not be able to attend digs, and ultimately “people won't be able to work because there will be no money for the necessary equipment.”

The early and ancient history society has started an online petition and hopes to gather enough signatures to halt the law change. The fear is that once NRW makes the cut, other states would follow suit.

The Lower Saxon Harz Mountains are known to rich in dinosaur fossils and on Thursday experts said that they had made their best find in 14 years – half a Europasaurus in a hunk of stone.

The team from the nearby Dinopark Münchehagen still have funding to use the latest techniques to study the bones further.

Courtesy; The Local
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Re: Neanderthal birthplace kills archaeology funding 6 years 3 months ago #11770

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This is prime example of Archeologists anti commercialism privatisation bitting them in the ass.

If they had partner ship with corporations or more involvement with private enterprise instead of hanging on government grants they might still be researching.

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True is....
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Re: Neanderthal birthplace kills archaeology funding 6 years 3 months ago #11772

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Hello again

Here is an example that dumb archeologist do not employ because they think it underneath them.

a few years ago

A couple of bright sparks with large private fossil collection with no help from the government decided to tour all the schools in the country in a big semi trailor and parked next to schools. the truck walls opened up into a mini museam about fossils and dinosaurs.

School kids came through one way and out the other they average 3-4 schools perday depending on size. they charged 2-3 three dollars entry. It was very hands on as kids passed through the truck they learned about dinosaurs and handled fossils video and model dispays etc. It was bringing history to the kids at schools. The group was making nearly 50 grand per week.

However the museam authorities was unhappy as they felt it threatened attendency numbers at their museams so they did everthing possible to undermine the project. The group complied with all regulation and compliances but the government made it so hard for them that they were legislated out of exstance by the prompting of academics.

That is one way to gernerate money the same format could be done with civil war relics or shipwrecks, indian heritage etc...

But that would mean academics and archeologist getting off thier high horse and leaving their ivory towers and meeting the people.

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