I had an interesting talk just now with an investigative journalist from the BBC about antiquities from Syria (courtesy of Sam Hardy), though whether she learnt what she wanted from me remains an open question... It is good though that there's someone who's stepping back from the glib press releases and trying to work out what's really happening and obviously doing a good job of it. I heard a couple of things too about who'd been blocking this research and the reasons given. There really does seem to be "something" going on 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)