Monday, 11 October 2010

Candy Wants "The Truth"

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Candice Jarman, collector of Bronze Age bric-a-brac begins her archaeology blog: "Welcome to the People's archaeology blog".
"There are too many people today who are telling us what we should do and how we should think - the minority trying to impose their views on the majority. In archaeology, we see this in people like Paul Barford, David Gill and Colin Renfrew. The past belongs to us ALL - not just to archaeologists - this blog is just part of the fight back - to reclaim archaeology for the people!"
The blog is apparently based in the People's Republic of Hampshire. Apparently though the initial focus of this combatant for "freedom"is to "examine Paul Barford and his credentials", his "background [...] professional record and output".

We seem to have had one of these blogs before, similar style, also created by somebody from the "legal profession" with a labrador (references here, slightly less coherently here and here. The original blog has gone, but fragments are still cached by Google).

So "people", watch out for the unvarnished "truth" about Paul Barford written by somebody who claims to "know all the dirt". Well, actually she's casting around on Tim Haines' Yahoo Ancient Artifacts forum, hoping somebody will help her out with some.
Please visit [my new blog] and tell me what you think. You will see that I am looking for information on someone, so please help if you can. Look forward to hearing from ya! Love and feedom (sic), Candy
ACCG's John Hooker was among the first to "help" her out. Let's see what she makes of the links he gave her...Later she added:
I want to find out all about Mr Barford [...] But to do this I need help, if you - or anyone reading this post - has any information on, or any anecdotes concerning, Mr Barford, then please, please, let me know and send me details [...]. Also I really want to get a photograph of this man - who is this guy and what does he look like? So please everyone if you know where there is a pic of Mr Barford then please DO let me know.
Try here.
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10 comments:

David Gill said...

Paul
Why is the blog called: "paulbarford-heritage-the-ruth"?
And you failed to mention the grouping of Barford, Gill and Lord Renfrew.
Thank you for sharing this development from my home county.
Best wishes
David

Paul Barford said...

I think "ruth" is some kind of code.

The triple grouping is interesting. I must try and find what Lord Renfrew has written on the Crosby Garrett helmet that has so angered this artefact collecting secretary.

Unknown said...

could be the letter in the Times on 9th October?

Paul Barford said...

Yes, I just saw that. "We believe, however, that the definition of treasure should be extended without further delay to ensure that the public interest is more reliably safeguarded in the future. This can be done by order and does not require primary legislation".

So are metal detectorists discussing how THEY see an "extension of the Treasure laws" that would prevent the repetition of this fiasco, and also which would be acceptable to them as collectors themselves? How should the definition of Treasure be extended to cover all eventualities? Monetary value (who decides? Christie's? ), aesthetic value? Uniqueness?

Paul Barford said...

Yes, I just saw that. "We believe, however, that the definition of treasure should be extended without further delay to ensure that the public interest is more reliably safeguarded in the future. This can be done by order and does not require primary legislation".

So are metal detectorists discussing how THEY see an "extension of the Treasure laws" that would prevent the repetition of this fiasco, and also which would be acceptable to them as collectors themselves? How should the definition of Treasure be extended to cover all eventualities? Monetary value (who decides? Christie's? ), aesthetic value? Uniqueness?

Anonymous said...

Candy Jarman makes the old mistake of believing that something that belongs to everyone is open to being seized by anybody when they please-- whereas the fact that it belongs to everyone precisely means that it's off limits, and under the stewardship of institutions that represent society-- that's what prevents the "tragedy of the commons" of anybody helping himself.

Anyway, Candy Jarman's in for a treat, because:

1. Barford's the rottweiler of antiquities conservation issues

2. Truth and justice are on his side.

J. Ma
Oxford

Paul Barford said...

"Barford's the rottweiler of antiquities conservation issues"

Is that like being 'Il Bulldog' or "Pitbull" ? *

I like the analogy, "down on illicit artefact trading like a pack of wolves".


(*) Prosecutors Maurizio Fiorelli and Matthew Bogdanos

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that Bogdanos has a degree in Classics

Paul Barford said...

Columbia University.
and a lot of medals

Paul Barford said...

http://paulbarford-heritage-the-ruth.blogspot.com/2010/10/which-is-most-popular-page-on-mr.html

Ms Jarman suggests that the "most popular page" on my blog today was the news that she has a blog...

Actually the most popular page today is in fact paul-barford.blogspot.com/2010/02/serious-collectors.html
with twice as many hits (the window at the bottom just reflects hits from the area of the map selected)

That a certain person in Southampton was repeatedly clicking on the same page yesterday and today suggests that one of "Candice's" metal detecting friends was trying to fake the desired result.

So the empty-headed reader of her blog is fed with trivia, while waiting for some kind of rebuttal on her blog, of the interpretation of the material I present here. So far the lady seems to want to bulk out her blog only with superficial things like Barford drinks beer in the "bushes" (actually it was a vine), people in Southampton read about her blog. I expect soon we'll be having pictures of her dog doing tricks and the cake in the shape of a metal detector she cooked.

 
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