In reply to my comments on Wayne Sayles recent blog post where he was complaining about being the victim of a 'conspiracy' Jessica Dietzler announces on Twitter:
I read the snippet you referenced in your post and he's right that evidence is lacking. He's also right to question things.Well, Jessica Dietzler may think "evidence is lacking" for ISIL raising funds through antiquity sales. I suggest she get in touch with her US colleagues who have reached another conclusion and explain to them why they've got it all wrong and she knows better. I also suggest that it might be nice if her own Glasgow project might step into the "trafficking culture" debate that is on everybody's lips at the moment. We note that nobody there voiced any objections when in June this year journalist Heather Pringle gave some Glasgow work on 1970s looting in Cambodia some publicity by linking it with "terrorism" (in fact a precursor of the current discussion as it happens, and when I started taking a more sceptical interest in the glibness of such arguments).
As for Mr Sayles, the reason why he's "questioning things" has nothing whatsoever to do with intellectual enquiry, but defence of the "traditional rights" of the antiquities market in full defiance of what I thought the Glasgow Trafficking project was set up to deal with.
The young researcher then comes out with a 'what if?' which suggests she has apparently not been following the forums where this has already been attempted:
Why not just reach out and have a civilised dialogue [with dealers] that affords each other respect?Yep, fluffy bunnies and all. Why not? ("Just" reach out?) First of all, perhaps she'd like to see what artefact collectors of the ACCG ilk consider a "civilised dialogue". Yahoo's ancient artefact scrum group might be a good place to start. I also suggest she take a little look at Mr Sayles' literary output over the past decade and see what he and his ACCG mates write about archaeology and archaeologists before having too high hopes about any kind of 'respect' from that quarter. So if Ms Dietzler thinks there is no reason why we should not ("just") have a civilised and respectful dialogue with dugup antiquities dealers, perhaps she'll show us how she thinks it should be done.
Vignette: Fluffy bunny approach advocated by Glasgow researcher.