Roberto Conforti (shown with works of stolen art recently recovered by Italian police), head of the Italian paramilitary authority charged with protecting the country’s artistic heritage, and Giuseppe Proietti (see photo of Giuseppe Proietti), director general of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Properties and Activities. They agree that the looting of Italy’s archaeological sites is getting worse. Being caught illegally excavating a site, says Conforti, “is like getting a parking ticket.” Yet neither man advocates jail sentences for Italy’s notorious tombaroli (grave robbers). “They have no other way of earning a living,” Proietti told Archaeology Odyssey. So what do Italy’s top antiquities cops advocate? Trying to reduce the demand for antiquities: “The public must be educated not to purchase them,” according to Proietti.