Besides being absolutely annoying and obnoxious, the show “The Diggers” was also exceptionally immature in regards to the way they handled the artifacts they claim to have found and archaeology,, really as a whole. It seemed to make a mockery of what it really means to be an archaeologist and devalued the items they (again, claimed to have) found.
In looking at the principles of ethical archaeological behavior, the first one is Stewardship, and was clearly not possessed by either of these two men, their crew, producers, etc. Archaeologists should be caretakers and advocates for the artifacts, as well as take extreme precaution to preserve them. As I actually mentioned in one of my comments on another student’s blog, their sudden appreciation for the tulips seemed to be an offhanded comment almost making fun of archaeology or used as a silly response to some possible previous criticism.
These men also clearly gave no regard to whether or not they were commercializing the items they found as they blatantly listed a possible price point for each and every item. While most of these items held very little monetary value (according to the show), it still gives the allusion to the public that these finds are meant to be found and then sold for personal gain, which is truly against the core of archaeology.
Some other things I noticed, but that didn’t directly go against the principles we studied, were in regards to them promoting unethical behavior in the general public. They fantasized archaeology in making it seem that priceless and exciting artifacts are found every day, which is not the case. You aren’t just going to go digging around everywhere you go and find something with great historical value every time, or even possibly ever. This may give some people the idea to start digging up the Earth in abundance, rather than preserving it.
They also at one point used the term, “we’re going to tear it up!” which clearly is not the right attitude when going into an archaeological find. Archaeologists do not simply “tear” anything up, and aim to be as careful as possible, often taking years and years to excavate any given site.
Lastly, did it seem to anyone else that their artifacts were only a few inches into the ground? Although we learned about the different processes that can occur which mix up the strata or cause erosion, I find it hard to believe that they really found all those things in the locations they stated, and truly feel that most of the show is fabricated for entertainment (and I use that term loosely) purposes.