A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Should Britain return the Parthenon marbles?
Breasts and drapes in marble (The Guardian)
Should Britain return the Parthenon ("Elgin") marbles?
While promoting his new film Monuments Men, about returning art taken by the Nazis to its rightful owners, George Clooney has said that the UK should give the Parthenon marbles back to Greece. Are you with him? Guardian poll, closes at midnight on Saturday. At the moment there is an overwhelming majority (88%) in favour of returning the fragments but disappointingly there seem to be a lot of British nationalists represented in the comments.
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)