Saturday, 9 March 2019

Artefact Hunter to Address RESCUE, Whatever Next?

Belzoni, Collection-Driven
Exploiter of the
Archaeological Record
Rescue AGM and Open Meeting on Saturday 13th April 2019 RESCUE will be holding an open meeting on: 'Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record, Practice and Policy'
We will welcome Keith Westcott to our Open Meeting (also in Room 612 at UCL Institute of Archaeology, at 2pm) to present his plans for an Institute of Detectorists. This will be followed by short presentations and a discussion about Rescue’s policy on [Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record] in relation to the proposed new Institute. Rescue recognises that [Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record] can be an emotive subject in archaeology and hopes that we can time a constructive and positive discussion about the ways forward.
Yes you can see it now, can't you? REFUGE the British Trust for Wildlife Conservation  AGM and Open Meeting devoted to the formation of the Proposed Institute of Big Game Hunters, "we will welcome David Baloyi to our open meeting [...] Refuge recognises that Big Game Hunting can be an emotive subject in conservation and hopes that we can time a constructive and positive discussion about the ways forward'.

If you actually look at what this "proposed Institute" has set as its aims (discussed several times in this blog), it can be seen that this is so much pie-in-the-sky which is going to get us nowhere. By scattering efforts and resources and creating yet another body to duplicate what the PAS is doing, it seems to me there is not so much of a step forward, but two steps back.

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