A story is swashing around in the bilge of the sinking ship of antiquities trade lobbying that suggest that Amal Alamuddin/Clooney (allegedly the "archaeological lobby's latest heroine") is "in trouble with Egyptian Military Dictatorship" (sic). A paid lobbyist for the numismatic trade picked it up from the ad hominem ramblings of a bitter UK-based metal detectorist and other collecting websites simply repeated it without checking. Somehow, the blame for it was wildly laid on "the archaeologists". In fact the whole thing was founded on an anti-Egyptian Guardian story which has now proven to be based on a misunderstanding. Amal Alamuddin found something useful to do with her legal qualifications, it is a pity that others cannot manage to do the same instead of constantly sniping at conservationists in this idiotic fashion.
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)