Investigative reporter Vanessa Schleisier went undercover as a buyer along the Turkish-Syrian antiquities smuggling route. She reached the western suburb of Akçakale (Şanlıurfa, Turkey), just half a kilometre from the Syrian border and there was shown antiquities for which the smuggler demanded 2.2 million dollars, icluding a Suerian gold and lapis necklace and a Sumerian statue ("Habibi") for which he wanted half a million. Both of these seem likely to have come from Iraq. Ms Schleisier did not buy the offered haul but at the end of the reportage we learn that "Auch für Habibi hat sich ein Käufer gefunden, mal wieder jemand, der den Terror unterstützt". Interestingly, Ms Schleisier does not report any information from her informant about any ISIL-tax. The video is here:, the text here.
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)