Friday, 28 March 2014

Can't Even Get That Right: European Convention of Literacy Standards Needed

According to the "responsible detecting" section of the national Geographic webpage, which obviously nobody actually checked, "Kris, Craig, Stephen & Adrian" write:

"We were all working in accordance with the European Convention on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, which means –
i. If human remains are accidently (sic) uncovered, they are reported to the local police / local authority dealing with cultural heritage
ii. If human remains are knowingly going to be excavated, then the organisation in charge of the excavation needs to have a license.
If you are on a dig and uncover remains, do report this immediately to the local police.
It is not at all clear, since there ios no such convention, which document they have in mind:

European Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property Delphi, 23.VI.1985
Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe Granada, 3.X.1985
Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society Faro, 27.X.2005
European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised) Valetta, 16.I.1992 

None of them actually mention treatment of human remains. I suspect they had another document in mind and somebody has substituted the title of some imaginary EU document in place of its title.

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