News Roundup: Potential Change in Dig Rules in Turkey, and Egyptian Artifacts as Political Pawns

In its October issue, Science Magazine reports that “Archaeologists Alarmed by Turkey’s Proposed Dig Rules.” Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry is considering implementing rules that could require that excavation seasons last at least 4 months and that a Turkish co-director be appointed for each dig. The full story is at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/326/5952/510-a .
And, the New York Times featured an article entitled “When Ancient Artifacts Become Political Pawns”, published October 23rd, examining Egypt’s demand that the Neues Museum in Germany return a bust of Nefertiti. For the full story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/arts/design/24abroad.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 .