On Sakhalin black diggers the grave-robbing the Ainu
“I was silent but now I say right. Today we are dealing with rampant illegal pseudoarchaeologists excavations. The so-called search engines are removed historical objects without inventory and undocumented findings become waste. After all, not valuable in themselves, the finds and the information they carry. Fans are not averse to get into Ainu burial grounds, are removed from burials of the bronze guard (plate to protect the hand of the fencer), and the bones put back. Next throw broken pottery. Subsequently, some of the artifacts are sold on specialized sites. Some time ago I saw on sale in the trade House a stone axe. This is robbery, because the resource belongs to humanity! This is what we must preserve!”, — quoted by news Agency “Vostok-media” head of Sakhalin laboratory of archaeology and Ethnography, Sakhalin state University, doctor of historical Sciences Alexander Vasilevsky.
“The Ainu are an indigenous population of Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands, South Kamchatka and the Northern Japanese Islands. After the Soviet Union in the Wake of the Second world war has established jurisdiction over the governorate of Karafuto (southern Sakhalin) and the Kuriles, Bolkenstein moved to nearby Hokkaido. Those who remained, prefer to call themselves Japanese. The only way they can enjoy the right of visa-free visits of the rising sun”, — says the publication.
It is reported that the extracted black grinders rarities (particularly bronze) are on the electronic auctions are openly sold in local gift shops — at the time, as in neighbouring Japan to excavate the graves of Ainu people is expressly prohibited by law; this is followed including the social organization of the aborigines of Hokkaido.
In Russia, the Ainu have only recently received official status as indigenous people — and only in Kamchatka. Scientists hope the tightening of legislation in the sphere of protection of objects of cultural heritage.