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Rescue Says: Shocking burglary at Canterbury Archaeological Trust Store

The whole archaeological community and beyond will have been shocked and outraged by the recent ransacking of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust’s stores, and the theft of innumerable and irreplaceable archaeological artefacts. We would urge anyone who might know anything that leads to the safe recovery of any of these items, to immediately report their concerns …

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Do museums want to hold specialist collections?

It seems that many local authority museums are less and less interested in the special knowledge that is held within their collections, including of course the archaeological archives which are a key part of the end product of archaeological excavations. Recently Rescue wrote to Hampshire Cultural Trust, which has managed museums on behalf of Hampshire …

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Rescue says: Kicking the Football Down the Road at the Palace

If a person has a heart attack, or suffers from lung disease, a doctor’s advice can be sought and there are drugs available that can treat these conditions, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes, the treatments are almost as harsh as the disease and a person might still die from these conditions. But: if the …

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Rescue says: No to environmentally damaging planning reform

Following our recent exchange of views with Sir Mark Boleat regarding his recommendations to remove archaeological planning conditions and his denial of developer ‘land-banking’ as published in a report from the Housing and Finance Initiative (cited as a government ‘think tank’), Rescue is pleased to see the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s apparent rejection of Sir Mark’s potentially …

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Rescue says: Our World Heritage Sites need more protection!

The 41st Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee met in Krakow, 2– 12th July 2017. Deliberations included receipt of reports and making decisions on World Heritage Sites (WHSs) and the designation of new Sites.  For reports and decisions, including advice to States Party, see: http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2017/whc17-41com-18-en.pdf. The newly-designated English Lake District, a National Park, is safeguarded …

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Repairing damage to an 800-year old coffin at Prittlewell Priory – who should pay?

Repairs to an 800-year old coffin damaged by visitors to Prittlewell Priory Muesum in Southend will cost a “negligible” £100 to fix, according to Southend Council.1 For those unfamiliar with the story, the sandstone sarcophagus – found in the Priory grounds in 1921 complete with buried occupant – was damaged accidentally in the museum when …

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The case of a rare Roman figurine: disrespect for a nationally important archaeological artwork?

The newly renamed Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (sic) announced on the 24th July, that the Arts Minister John Glen had placed a temporary export bar on a Roman bronze figurine, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country.1 The figurine is small, but described as “exceptionally rare”; depicting a figure …

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Rescue says: Brexit

Rescue Says: The decision to take the UK out of the European Union has significant implications across the entire range of the political spectrum, and Heritage and Archaeological concerns are not immune from these. There are a number of heritage protection principles, policies and practices that are in common usage and that the heritage sector …

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Rescue says: The Lenborough Hoard

RESCUE Says: The Lenborough Hoard The media have once again whipped themselves into a frenzy regarding buried treasure. The latest example is the Lenborough hoard – a metal detecting rally bonanza consisting of over 5,000 allegedly pristine silver coins dated (so far) to the reigns of Aethelred and Cnut – AD 978-1016 – which according …

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