A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Idiocies and manipulations of the IAPN-Tompa-Howland partnership
IAPN pirate crew in action
Sam Hardy ('Correction and clarification but no retraction' December 20, 2014) addresses the idiocies and straw man manipulations of the IAPN-Tompa-Howland partnership in their attempts to dismiss arguments against the no-questions-asked buying of potential conflict antiquities. In the course of this the collectors completely discredit themselves as informed observers and commentators of what is, after all, quite a simple matter. I really think further comment is superfluous.
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)