A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act
"The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act requires continuing review of bilateral agreements" says Heritage at State. What a shame that the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property is implemented selectively and in a pointedly temporary form instead of being applied to preventing all and any cases of the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property in which US dealers and collectors may be engaged. It is time to scrap this 1983 legislation and create regulations more fitted to the problems of the US antiquities and art markets of the early decades of the 21st century and not some 1980s never-neverland.
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)