Michael Forstadt (forstadt@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU)
Tue, 23 May 1995 07:40:01 -0400

When I first read his unfortunate post, I thought that Nick Corduan
didn't realize how important NSF is for funding academic anthropology in
this country -- where does he expect the money for such research to come
from, since no private funding source is even remotely capable of
replacing NSF (I asked myself). More importantly, I felt he didn't
realize that the Republican move toward repealing environmental
legislation -- which is responsible for most archaeological work in this
country -- could be damaging to this country at so many levels. Nick, I
now get the impression (on reading your subsequent posts) that you
already know all this and simply don't care. What is the purpose of
government? Is archaeology just a hobby for the idle rich, with no social
value whatsoever? Why are YOU studying it? What do you hope to get out of
it? Do you fall into Robert Johnson's definition of an archaeologist?
These are serious questions that are not to be taken as personal attacks
-- rather they are questions we should all be asking ourselves. Please
make me understand why someone who supports the elimination of the NSF
anthropology program and the repeal of environmental laws would want to
get into archaeology.

Mike Forstadt