Thanks, TD... Is your cup half empty? Or half full? You see, you can interpret something in more than one way..
My historical views include the experiences and knowledge I acquired abroad...much of which is unknown to
the average western reader.....I connect the east and the west so you have a broader perspective of history...as Serendipity always says, there are no coincidences...it's all connected.. even France and India.
You don't have to read my book to learn this. You can go anywhere on the Internet to read further... The primary topic of my book is cultural terrorism.
...a topic you are discussing here at Arcadia regarding the Ben Hammott 'tomb' and what may be of concern to authorities in France..and now we are examining the credentials of a Land Surveyor...and then we jumped to the methods of Schliemann.
On another thread, (Ben Hammott's Confession) Bulldognic just posted this:
What if the French govt. demanded that Ben return the items that
he took out of France, what would Ben say to that - especially if he
were threatened with prosecution?
It happens worldwide..I personally have to deal with these same questions regarding the tombs in India and Asia, and old archaeology sites..How do we determine who "owns" the rights to an ancient grave found by accident on a lonely mountainside? How many interpretations do "experts" bring to history? A lot....which is why we have such a hard time knowing how to interpret events and symbols...Yes, I have written a book that covers these topics...but I have also devoted my life to understanding these complexities and seeking solutions..I do not write books just for the sake of throwing them out there to see what sticks..I devoted the remainder of my life to this one issue...I cannot separate myself from this. It defines what I am doing for the remainder of my life..
If this is a discussion about antiquities, then yes, I do have experiences in other countries that you might find valuable when evaluating what happens in France...that's my whole point to being here....to bring what I can to the table to broaden awareness and discussions...not to "sell" my book..
I should hope that we can carry on conversations here based upon everyone's experiences and observations...whether it's something I already covered in my book, or not...that is not the point...I have re read my post several times, trying to see why you made that comment. I just don't see it that way..It was never my intention to shout "BUY MY BOOK" and if that is all you can get out of the above post, then I am saddened that you miss so much more....
Please keep this in perspective...when I want to promote or sell my book, I can post a picture of the cover....or a link to amazon sites..that would make more sense. But when I am discussing my experiences in relation to history....that is not a book promotion. These are personal observations...Thank you for understanding the difference...