Tessa Davis is researching the 'laundering of looted antiquities into legitimate artworks in the Glasgow Trafficking Culture project. She has just publicised without comment an interesting piece
on the 'Global Research' website. this is Montreal-based and claims to be a centre for research on Globalisation. The piece is called 'Ukraine is Plundering its Own Museums On the Way to Europe
' and is a pretty blatant piece of pro-Putin expansionism, anti-Ukrainian (and anti-EU) propaganda. It was posted on Jan 29th, but had actually come from the so-called 'Oriental Review,' - based in Moscow. I have no doubt that art and antiquities are changing hands and being smuggled in the current crisis, and we should be discussing it. I think however the tone of this text is an inappropriate vehicle for the purpose, and should be treated with the utmost caution.
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)