Thursday, 24 March 2016

Antiquities Trade: Tackle Demand

At the US-Italy MOU celebration: Investigations need to focus on those purchasing antiquities and not just those looting them - must tackle demand...

and dealers, collectors and their lobbyists wonder "why they were not invited". They really should have been paying more attention to the public debate, not continually attempting to disrupt it or delay it. As you sow, so shall you reap.

1 comment:

heritageaction said...

That's a hoot. It reminds me that almost exactly 5 years ago Heritagwe Action had a meeting with Mike Heyworth, Director of The Council for British Archaeology, and a detectorist complained "even though the subject matter included metal detecting, no person appears to have been invited to take part in this meeting, from the metal detectorists point of view."

What a monumental cheek (especially as a lot of detecting forums have "secret" members only sections where the public aren't allowed to see what they are saying.

I'd suggest that anyone with a financial interest in any stage of artefactual journeys from soil to salon has no entitlement to a seat at a table where cleaning it all up is being discussed. In fact they are no help at all as they have repeatedly demonstrated. The text of the much vaunted responsible detecting code is a monument to their ability to undermine.

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