Friday 7 December 2012

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Portyanqs are Beginning to be embarrassed by their "Partnership"?

David Gill reads the labels in a Museum and makes an interesting discovery
The label in Room 2 tells us that the finders were 'walking' across an open field when they 'found' the hoard. The impression given by the label suggests a chance find made during a ramble through the lush countryside of the Yorkshire dales. [...] Why does the British Museum and PAS fail to mention metal-detecting on the public label for the display? Is there a growing unease about the growing number of hoards that are being removed from the ground in England and Wales? 
Yes, Portyanqs, why the coyness about what you do all of a sudden?

[For David's academic forum piece on this issue ("The Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act: Protecting the Archaeology of England and Wales?"), and published by the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, see here.]

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