Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tallying Knowledge Theft by UK Artefact Hunters

How can this be in any way considered as acceptable? Today the Heritage Action Artefact Erosion Counter indicates that in the twenty years since the PAS was created to deal with the information loss through the lack of mandatory reporting of finds made in the course of activities such as artefact hunting there have been
six million artefacts pocketed by metal detectorists alone.

Meanwhile, the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database rather pathetically celebrates:

According to these figures only one out of every six recordable items found during Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Resource is ever seen by archaeologists.

Five out of six are disappearing without trace.  

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