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Greek Archaeologists: 'Greek Monuments are not for sale'

sites_and_monumentsA Time magazine article by American archaeologist Stephen Miller concerning the privatization of monuments in Greece, has caused frustration among Greek archaeologists.
“The Ministry of Culture does some things very well: it does conservation work extremely well, they are very good at setting up exhibitions,” said Miller. “They are lousy businessmen.”
The Association of Greek Archaeologists following the publication of the article issued a statement rejecting suggestions that private companies should be allowed to manage ancient sites, insisting that this task should be retained by the state. According to their statement “Archaeological sites and the country’s monuments belong to the Greek society. The protection, promotion and management of these sites is the duty of the state, as stipulated in the Constitution and laws of this country.” “Greek monuments are carriers of historic memory and conscience, not a field of negotiations.
Association of Greek Archaeologists, asked the Greeks to “defend collective memory, monuments and culture and to shout that they are not for sale.”
Stephen Miller came to Greece in 1973 with the University of California, Berkeley, and helped with the preservation of the archaeological site of Nemea in the northeastern part of Peloponnese, Greece and the restoration of the Temple of Zeus. He has several times proposed the taking over of under-exploited archaeological sites by private companies as he believes that this would create jobs and protect archaeological sites and monuments from the crisis.

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