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Archaeologists Alarmed by Turkey's Proposed Dig Rules

Science  23 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5952, pp. 510-511
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_510a

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Proposed new rules governing foreign-led excavations in Turkey are causing alarm and confusion among archaeologists, who fear that the regulations could make it very difficult for foreigners to dig in the country. The draft regulations, drawn up by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry, would apply to the 43 foreign excavations currently under way and possibly to an additional 34 foreign-led archaeological surveys. They could require that each excavation season last at least 4 months and that a Turkish co-director be appointed for each dig.