Archaeologists in Britain are protesting a law which requires ancient human remains to be reburied after two years of study. They claim that it does not give them enough time to research the bones.
Many archaeologists believe secrets about ancient tribes and early humans in Britain could be lost to science forever if the rule is applied. Thousands of sites could be affected in the future, they say.
“Britain risks losing its leading role in archaeology, a decline that will be observed by a mystified international scientific community,” the letter said.
“The current license conditions are impeding scientific research, preventing new discoveries from entering museums, and are not in the public interest,” added the academics who want the government to return to the “simple, well-tried system” practiced up to 2008.
Story: Stefano Ambrogi, Reuters | Photo: Wikimedia Commons