A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Bad News from Egypt (Personal)
I have just heard the shocking news that several members of the Polish Mission in Egypt are currently in hospital after a bad road accident on the desert road in the vicinity of Hurghada. Two team members are being released tomorrow, while Dr Zbigniew Szafranski and I believe some others are being kept in over Christmas for observation. My best wishes for a speedy recovery. The Expedition's jeep however is apparently a write-off.
British archaeologist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Since the early 1990s (or even longer) a primary interest has been research on artefact hunting and collecting and the market in portable antiquities in the international context and their effect on the archaeological record.
"coiney" - a term I use for private collector of dug up ancient coins, particularly a member of the Moneta-L forum or the ACCG
"heap-of-artefacts-on-a-table-collecting" the term rather speaks for itself, an accumulation of loose artefacts with no attempt to link each item with documented origins. Most often used to refer to metal detectorists (ice-cream tubs-full) and ancient coin collectors (Roman coins sold in aggregated bulk lots)
"tekkie" - metal detectorist/metal detecting (a form of artefact hunting)