Archeologists Angry With Archeological Office

Archaeologists Angry With Archeological Office

Published August 7, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Eight archaeologists have accused The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland (CHA) of operating without supervision when it comes to the excavation and research of Iceland’s historic sites.

Vísir reports that the eight archaeologists have pointed out that CHA’s role is supposed to be that of a party supervising the work of other archaeologists.

Instead, they say, CHA has been taking in active part in archaeological digs around the country. Digs are supposed to be the domain of independent archaeologists.

Dr. Bjarni F. Einarsson, an archeologist at the Archaeology Institute of Iceland, points out that this is a conflict of interest – that they cannot be in charge of supervising themselves when it comes to the careful and proper treatment of archaeological finds.

Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir, the director of CHA, declined to comment for reporters.

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