Thursday 26 January 2017

Hoiking in England With Chicago Ron…

My comment to 'Chicago Ron's' blog post: Metal Detecting in England: Bucket list item or Addiction? by Ron Guinazzo, which is about US heritage pilferers bribing farmers to pocket British heritage from their land: 
Tell me, your current administration is busy building a wall and passing executive orders to keep immigrants out of your country. What makes you think you have the right to walk into another country like that and just walk off with bits of its history?

Are ALL of the finds which Chicago Ron's pals have taken throughout the years responsibly recorded on Britain's Portable Antiquities Scheme database? Can we have the number of Stan Fleck's brooch please? Who pays for the records of the finds now in Florida to be made? These finds all jumbled up in a single 'zip top bag', I guess - since you do not say - they do not have individual findspot details accompanying each of them for the PAS records?
There is a very good reason, I hear, why the PAS has stopped recording finds from this particular set up, I wonder if 'Chicago Ron' will come clean about why that is. Meanwhile bagloads of unlabelled artefacts found in British fields end up in ephemeral personal collections scattered across the USA. Where will they surface next?

Vignette: heritage pocketer trying not to be conspicuous.

1 comment:

Paul Barford said...

The other comments (mine is still awaiting moderation):
"Paul Sampson
January 26, 2017 at 1:01 pm
Went on a Ron hunt a few years ago. Great fun. All kinds of goodies were found by all. One of our group got a celtic gold on the last day. Amazing to see come out of the ground.. If you can swing it, give it a try. Really want to go again one day soon".

and where was this gold celtic [coin] until the last day?

"Mitch King
January 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm
Been a regular on the Chicago Ron tour for many years…always a blast !!"

Blasting the British past - American style.

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