Sunday, 28 January 2018

What Kind of Documentation Should 'Responsibly' Metal Detected Finds Have?

Heritage Action explain here ('Establishment STILL betraying farmers!', 28/01/2018) their position regarding so-called 'finds agreements'. So far nobody in the pro-detecting Establishment has deigne3d to respond to the perfectly valid points they make (but, nothing new in that, these heritage professionals avoid discussion of the nitty-gritty of their support for Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record like the Plague). To the points they make, I'd add the other - raised here. Artefacts in private possession coming from another person's property should be legitimated (like those deposited in institutional collections as archaeological project archives)  by being accompanied by a document relinquishing ownership. Otherwise how can one tell that they are not the products of illegal artefact hunting, or removed from the owner's property without their knowledge? Why are the PAS not insisting on such documentation for the artefacts they handle, and hold in their own offices while they are studying it? Why?

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