NPR’s All Things Considered talks to Craig Childs, an amateur archeologist caught up in the raging battle between collectors and the academy. His new book, Finders Keepers, talks about the difference between finding and keeping:
Childs tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that emotions run high in the world of antiquities. “There’s such an attachment to what is the right and wrong thing to do with these objects,” he says. “What is legal? What is illegal? It really rises to the surface to where I know some archaeologists who want pot hunters dead, and I know pot hunters who want archaeologists dead.” His book follows several families of pot hunters who ran afoul of the government after digging up relics on public land.