I had an extremely agreeable meeting with colleagues in London yesterday. The topic of "that programme" was mentioned in the conversation. A contrast was made with the intellectually stimulating and rewarding "History of the World" in a 100 objects by Neil MacGregor.
We were left wondering why the Scheme had allowed itself to be drawn into a programme that was so far removed from archaeology (confusing archaeology with treasure-hunting), and that would only alienate it from professional colleagues.
There was a feeling that it is only possible to make positive comments about the Scheme ... and that conversation resulted in oblique comments to a certain forum piece in PIA that was intended to generate debate.