The New York Times featured an editorial Dec. 22, 2010 by Bernard Frischer who advocates for museum sponsorship of archeological digs. Frischer argues persuasively that archeology conducted by museums would benefit cultural preservation by ensuring the integrity of artifact provenience. The policy would presumably deter the reliance of museum’s to compete for artifacts often circulating on the black market. Museum digs would also kickstart the archeological exploration of the world’s greatest sites.
This idea however has to contend with entrenched bureaucracies and professions and will require some pretty impressive diplomacy to succeed. Good luck Prof. Frischer, you’ll need it!