Thursday 23 February 2012

Those "eight percent"

According to a recent article in a numismatic publication about the US Implementation Act to the Convention on Cultural Property:
The archaeologists who favor a full ban on the import of such coins is a minority, according to Sayles. He noted that at a recent hearing only eight percent of archaeologists favored coins being named among future import restriction laws now being considered by the U.S. State Department.
Wayne Sayles is cited as a source. This statement is either an invention of Mr Giedroyć or the person he quotes as its source. The only information I can find in Sayles-related sources is the post by Peter Tompa on his lobbyist's blog "Cultural Property Obscurant" which (post: '77% of Posted Comments Against Renewal of Cypriot MOU', Jan. 4th, 2012 ) gives the details of John Hooker's analysis of the 338 comments posted on the website in response to the proposed renewal of the MOU with Cyprus.
Those for the renewal that mentioned coins: 8%
See my discussion of the way this figure was produced. It can be seen ("only eight percent of archaeologists") that either Sayles or Giedroyć are engaged in crude manipulation of the statistics desperate to make it appear that they have more support than they do in fact have for the trade in coins without documentation of lawful export. Krause Publications is spreading misinformation here, I doubt we will see from them any kind of correction.

For more of this ilk from desperate coineys: 'Americans Again Reject Import Restrictions'

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