About John Howland

I enjoy reading most archaeologists' obits with the same fervour that many of them wait to read mine. Semi-retired editor; but still an active treasure hunter and collector.

The wisdom of Winter

“I feel he  [John Winter] has made a simple mistake – confusing agreement with sycophancy,” whines Heritage Action’s Chairman, Nigel Swift.

So, what exactly is SYCOPHANCY?

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There’s trouble ‘t UNESCO mill!

Looks like UNESCO got it’s arse rightly and thoroughly kicked much to the annoyance of its apologists at ‘Heritage Journal’ – and further eastwards. Seems to me at least that UNESCO is little more than a retirement home for itinerant ex-Commies under-qualified  for employment as sewer diggers, taxi-drivers, or proper (read qualified) archaeologists.

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Arkies & Porkies

A fun read: –

https://www.sciencealert.com/megan-fox-thinks-archaeologists-are-too-narrow-minded-to-understand-history

I dunno about arkies being too narrow-minded to understand history, but one or two of the slimier specimens certainly don’t understand metal-detecting.

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Gobby is as Gobby Does

Danial Grant writing on the Huffpost blog reported that: –

“antiquities is “the only area of the art world that deals entirely with stolen goods.” Perhaps that is an exaggeration — certainly, many ancient objects were never looted from historic sites or even dug out of the ground — but it is a bit of hyperbole that has a growing level of acceptance, to some degree with the public and overwhelmingly with archaeologists. Clemency Coggins, professor of archaeology and art history at Boston University, who made this comment, describes herself as a moderate on this issue because she believes that some antiquities can be legally owned. However, in her ideal world, antiquities dealers would “get out of the business.”

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 You could grow mushrooms on this manure…

Keep ’em in the dark and feed ’em on bullshit

The best thing that’s happened to metal detecting is the so-called Artefact Erosion Counter (AEC), more accurately, THE ARTEFACT EROSION COUNTER,  a fictional nonsense dreamed up by Heritage Journal’s Nigel Swift and others of that ilk. Why? Simple. The AEC has no basis in fact – everyone knows it – and the more its ‘facts’ are quoted by ‘experts’ so-called, who really ought to know better, the more they become a laughing stock.

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Ha Ha!

Oh, blimey. This is too good to miss.

On the 11th April, that cerebral colossus, Prof David Gill, is unleashing another intellectual behemoth, Paul Barford, to spout about stolen antiquities and other allied bullshit. Barford of course, though not widely known amongst the hangers-on who went East during the Cold War to embrace the Soviets who bankrolled him and gave him a position in their Ancient Monument Department.

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