There’s a brace of fruitcake heritage bloggers who always remind me of a couple of unemployed clowns looking of a circus. Now that Sam Hardy’s ‘Research Paper ‘ (so-called) has gone the way of all flesh, they’re both on the hunt again and schmoozing with a ‘three-ringer’ in the shape of RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust, a Buddy-can-ya-spare-a-dime outfit. Continue reading
Treasure seekers and archaeologists come in all shapes, sizes, and guises; some see themselves as higher mortals opting for that thin veneer of BS masquerading as ethically correct (ethics?! Depends on whose).Whatever their pretensions, there’s a particular Mother Lode they’d all like to get their mitts on…and it’s still out there…somewhere. Waiting. Better it’s found by a dyed-in-the-wool treasure hunter methinks, rather than some po-faced arkie. Continue reading
“There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.”
In 1986 during the Cold War, a Russian Commissar and a Polish archaeologist are excavating an ancient site when the Polish arkie’s shovel hits against something hard in the ground. Continue reading
If you intend sending any of your finds (coins, brooches and the like) abroad, you need to be in possession of the requisite documentation from Arts Council England (ACE). Currently two licensing schemes are in place:
- UK law for exports to any foreign destination;
- EU regulations for objects travelling outside the EU.
The virulent anti-detectorist and anti-PAS campaigner Paul Barford asks on his pisspoor cliché-ridden blog whether we – presumably the Royal ‘We’ – have the right to know what’s really happening to our archaeological heritage under the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s watch.
Over on boorish Warsaw Wally’s blog the old duffer quotes a Dig Venture Tweet: “Archaeology is not so much about things, it’s about communities, if you find a knife, it’s about who used it, how they made it, where they got the materials from.”