A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Israel and Rangel Need to Admit they Were Wrong
When are Israel and Rangel going to tell the world that they were wrong, listened to the wrong people and failed to use their critical facilities when they lent their names to plans to help cultural property smuggling into the USA? Sign the petition ("Do not exempt coins from Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act"), give these politicians pause for thought, and send out the message to the lot of them that people care and making rash promises to antiquity dealers and their sleazy lobbyists, they run the risk, at least, of damaging their reputation and that of the country they represent.
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)