A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Where will this stop?
How many hundred kilometres is it from Raqqa to Masada? Less than six hundred. Today it's the Tomb of Jonah, the Shrine of Seth. Is it conceivable that at some future date ISIS takes another few hundred square kilometres on the back of local strife and threatens Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, The Holy Sepulchre and other precious monuments not so far from where they are now? Israel is not exactly doing a great job at present of showing it can live alongside its Sunni neighbours and working very hard to earn a generation's resentment from much of the Moslem world. Let us remember that ISIS is also ISIL, and where that "Levant" is.
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)