Two Russian dealers were spotted in Warsaw this week with a whole load of smuggled artefacts mostly little metal items of the sort collectors love, coins, seals, rings, militaria of the First and Second World War, Napoleonic uniform buttons etc. What caught my eye were a series of buckles and penannular brooches of Baltic type. One, a small buckle, was genuine, the rest were freshly-cast fakes. A few years ago the western markets were flooded with material like this from the mass robbing of cemeteries being sold as "Viking" finds to collectors who did not know the difference. Does the appearance of fakes like this mixed up with genuine metal detected finds mean that the accessible cemeteries are now largely emptied?
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)