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Principle No 3 Commercialization Principle No 3 Commercialization The Society for American Archaeology has recognized that the buying and selling of objects out of archaeological context is contributing to the destruction of the archaeological record on the American continents and around the world The commercialization of archaeological objects their use as commodities to be exploited for personal enjoyment or profit results in the destruction of archaeological sites and of contextual information that is essential to understanding the archaeological record Archaeologists should therefore carefully weigh the benefits to scholarship of a project against the costs of potentially enhancing the commercial value of archaeological objects Whenever possible they should discourage and should themselves avoid activities that enhance the commercial value of archaeological objects especially objects that are not curated in public institutions or readily available for scientific study public interpretation a nd display Definition as stated by the SAA website Commercialization has glorified the science of Archaeology in the past Movies have been made Indiana Jones to make the search for artifacts a grand adventure full of excitement treasure and glory This is a stereotype that many people perceive and want to emulate Who doesnt want to follow Harrison Fords footprints through the jungles and deserts in search of treasure There are also individuals and connoisseurs who like to collect artifacts for their own personal pleasure they are willing to search or pay the price whatever it is for rare objects When artifacts are commercialized or commodification occurs Commodification is the process through which objects of archaeological value are transformed through market activities into commodities with monetary value and transferred from pubic to private ownership it makes it hard for Archaeologists to study or collect data from artifacts Archaeological collections are important repositories of material data that can be tapped again and again by researchers contributing directly to the scientific and cumulative nature of Archaeology If at any point data can
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