Friday, December 31, 2010

Academic Debate Misunderstood By Washington Lobbyist

Washington paid lobbyist, Peter Tompa, has revealed his misunderstanding of the academic process in his discussion of the invited forum piece on the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) that has appeared in the Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. The Institute of Archaeology is part of University College London (UCL).

Tompa asserted, "Archaeo-blogger David Gill has organized a forum on the PAS". Tompa could have read Brian Hole's editorial where it was stated, "We would like to thank David Gill for accepting our invitation to write the lead article".

Brian Hole, the Journal Manager for PIA, has now commented, "to set the record straight, the forum was indeed organised solely on the initiative of PIA". Indeed Hole notes, "We’re particularly grateful to David Gill for accepting our invitation to write the lead piece". It looks as if Tompa has once again misunderstood the issues; earlier examples can be found in Operation Baklava and Operation Tartuffo (and see here).

Tompa should make an effort to get his facts straight before he makes unfounded claims.

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4 comments:

Cultural Property Observer said...

Come now David, you are far too modest. This makes it sound like you had nothing at all to do other than write a paper and had no involvement in suggesting participants, etc. Please confirm.

Peter Tompa

David Gill said...

Peter
I was honoured to be invited to write the forum piece for PIA. Why did you assert that I "organized a forum on the PAS" even though the editorial made it quite clear that the initiative came from PIA itself?
Please have the courtesy of admitting that you made an unfounded claim.
With best wishes for 2011,
David

Cultural Property Observer said...

David- Is it "helped organize" rather than "organize" then?

Best wishes for the New Year,

Peter Tompa

David Gill said...

Peter
Just to be clear: please have the courtesy of admitting that you made an unfounded claim.
David

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