“American Digger” Editorial

| July 31, 2012

Anthropology Today recently published a short editorial by Mike Pitts about the reality TV series, American Digger. The essay problematizes the show’s representation of archaeology and its related practices. In the process it provides a nice overview of the responses and positions taken by public organizations like SAA and AIA. For instance, “The president of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) sent a two-page letter to the president of broadcasting, Spike TV. The series was ‘unethical’, said the SAA.” Similarly, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) argued that “linking artefacts to profit… might encourage members of the public to break antiquities legislation…”

To read more about this pieces take on the ethical issues being debated about American Digger, and several other related TV series, I suggest you check out this interesting editorial.

Pitts, Mike (2012) “American digger and archaeology.” Anthropology Today. 28 (3): 1-2.