A blog commenting on various aspects of the private collecting and trade in archaeological artefacts today and their effect on the archaeological record.
Friday, 5 June 2015
IAPN Lobbyist: No Laughing Matter Perhaps?
ISIL executes collectors?
There is a lot on flogging mentioned on the IAPN's lobbyist blog so it is no surprise to see more, "yesterday, the archaeological blogosphere and twitterdom whipped itself up into a minor frenzy" over the fact that it had been spotted that ISIL fighters
were in possession of a book picturing some ancient coins. You'd have to be pretty emotionally stunted to consider as a "frenzy" the mere fact of asking people if they recognize a book. "Coineys", eh? The book "proves" nothing. It might mean that a local coin collector has been topped, his artefacts seized and his library destroyed (the numismatic book can be seen in the picture to have stab marks or bullet holes and the middle ripped out). Coineys say that their collecting "brings people together', but here we see a cavalier lack of interest in the fate of fellow collectors.
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)