Month: January 2010

Heritage Impact 2010

For 5 years practitioners and academics have been gathering in Brighton to contribute to Heritage Impact, a symposium series dedicated to the study of the socio-economic impact of heritage.  This year is no exception and on 22 and 23 April 2010, the University of Brighton Business School, the CUBIST Research Group and the Cultural Informatics …

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A private hobby at public cost

As the national press was trumpeting the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the November/December2009 issue of British Archaeology was also reporting the financial problems the Royal Cornwall Museum encountered following its successful acquisition of an exceptional hoard of Bronze Age copper-alloy axes found in 2005. The finder and landowner shared a reward of £8,500, raised …

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Metal Detecting and 10 years of the PAS: Some personal thoughts

Having spent a lot of time recording metal-detected objects in the 20 years before the arrival of the PAS I have a particular set of biases in the ongoing relationship between professional archaeologists and metal detector users. Some of my best friends are detector users, though many more are archaeologists….. I remain certain agriculture is …

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Treasure-hunting in Scotland

This article, prompted by recent discoveries both in England and Scotland, is a synopsis of the current legislation is in Scotland and a personal view of some of the challenges. Suggesting what may help to improve the current situation to try to deal with the rogue detectorists and reward those who are doing a sterling …

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The Stirling Hoard

The most important hoard of Iron Age gold yet unearthed in Scotland, an astonishing cache of Iron Age gold necklaces was unearthed in a field near Stirling in September by a would-be treasure-hunter trying out his first metal detector. The hoard is of European significance, revealing the wealth and cosmopolitan connections of those living in …

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Save Colchester Circus: Rescue backs the campaign

Rescue has now been told that the initial campaign to raise £200,000 has been successful – many congratulations to the campaigners – see http://www.romancircus.org/2010/03/01/thank-you-appeal-reaches-its-200000-target/ Destination Colchester and Colchester Archaeology Trust are together trying to raise funds to buy the Sergeants’ Mess building and garden of Abbey Fields from developers Taylor Wimpey to save a unique …

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Rescue adds its voice to concern over damaging Olympic proposals for Greenwich Park

Rescue is backing a campaign led by NOGOE – No to Greenwich Olympic Equestrian Events to ensure that The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) fully considers the archaeological implications of the planned Olympic Equestrian events in Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park is an area of intense archaeological interest, within the World Heritage Site. …

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