Gregg Castro 
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Re: “Letters for November 7, 2007

Mr. Bardell wished for a comment but I would rather answer to a more substantial issue than comment on his lack of humor in the reference to a "bon-bon". Instead, his obvious lack of knowledge is of much deeper concern, as symptomatic of having such an article appear and leading the ignorant astray.

Daylighting is without any archaeological value whatesoever. It in fact distroys that values that the article's subject claims to protect and that Mr. Ballard seems also interesteed in. It is unfortuante to find yet another person who has no clue as to the appropriate science that pertains to cultural protection. It is, in fact, exactly a "destruction" of cultural heritage in a number of serious ways. Just to mention only one: daylighting as described is not a precise, methodical procedure but a quick and dirty chore. There is no distinguishing between "old" and "new" material which is why it is vandalism, pure and simple. I could go on with several other points of technical archaeology but I'll leave that to the professional archaeologists, who already described exactly why it is wrong in their letters.

As to instructing Mr. Bardell and others of like mind in morality, it is likley that a lesson that would take up the entire issue of East Bay Express would not make a difference to those that are obviously part of the vacuum already. On your last point, if I can summarize it: you see astonished that I am taking this so personal. You are damn right I am! Ask any indigenous person that understands their culture and they will say the same thing - it is an intensely personal connection, that does not ignore the new reality of modern times and society's "ownership and control" of our ancient sites. It is something that is a defineing differencebetween our two worlds - that your world sees things as to be used and then disgarded. That doesn't relieve us from the moral obligation to our community to take a stand against bigotry and criminality in regards to it. It is a morality that seems beyond the comprehension of a large percentage of society. I reluctantly call it "fortunate" that only a relative few ignorant "heathens" actually take action. It is with purposeful irony (that Mr. Bardell did not grasp) that I used those terms that were once used to describe our ancestors. What he also doesn't grasp is that the native people will not be as considerate this time they were centuries ago in allowing what is left of our culture to be wiped away by the greed and ignorance of the morally backrupt newcomers. Their actions are far more slanderous to us than the relatively mild terms I used to describe them.

Posted by Gregg Castro on 11/21/2007 at 12:18 AM

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