Before I began my rant, I received the following document this morning and it behooves all of you to read through it (especially the manufacturers). I know most of you will blow this off, but the first few paragraphs should give you a reason to be concerned.
John Howland and I will discuss it in more detail very soon….click on the text highlighted in red.
UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, 29-30 September 2016
Provisional agenda item 6: “Treasure hunters” and cultural trafficking –regulation on metal detectors and underground monitoring systems
John Howland’s take on the above…
What else can the metal detecting/treasure hunting communities or indeed all right-thinking citizens expect from UNESCO? It’s running true to form. This international body is itself riven and dogged with corruption and cronyism, and run by former communists not known for their record on Human Rights, or civil liberties.
For example, UNESCO says:-
“However, the Treasure Act 1996 does allow treasure-hunting at other sites, with the consent of the landowner. The United Kingdom also enforced the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) which allows for use of metal detectors and for awards when important findings have been made.” This is democracy in action the undoubted right of any landowner or farmer to exercise that right to allow whomever he/she pleases onto their land. The democratic right that is an anathema to UNESCO’s policymakers.
More seriously, and in keeping with the UNESCO’s Leftist politics, it seeks to limit ‘Everyman’ in historical research. It is not illegal to find and sell what is found on private land and never should it be. The fact that some in archaeology object, is something they will have to live with. Metal detecting in the UK at least is proving a huge success under the Portable Antiquities Scheme and is the model that all fair-minded countries and States ought to follow.
Instead of holding up the British experience as a model to follow, UNESCO parades it as the antithesis of sensible and equitable agreement.
UNESCO, apparently under the persuasive control of politically motivated archaeologists who are themselves part of the lucrative heritage circus, are advocating a cartel in which they regulate the market in antiquities.
UNESCO should be disbanded as unfit for purpose.
JUST MORE OF THE SAME
“Detectorists from many countries were invited and XP took the liberty of providing a link on their posters to the Historic England database showing “History in a 5 km radius of our search area”. Also helpful was the attendance of several FLOs and 3 coin dealers. Those so inclined could dig up, get valued and sell finds in minutes, even things brought from elsewhere (and who’ll dare pretend that facility isn’t known about and appreciated Europe-wide?)”
“So a uniquely British spectacle. Hundreds of foreign detectorists (300 French, 30 German, many more from Italy, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Holland, USA, Belgium and Australia) detecting in the Cotswolds instead of at home. Why? Because they know that Britain is uniquely careless about protecting its buried heritage, that’s why!”
These comments are from a pro archaeological, anti-detecting blog in the UK and reference the recent XP European Gold Rally in the UK….
Other than the detectorist this rally shouldn’t have been of interest to anyone, unless of course they happen to troll the metal detecting websites, forums and blogs, which this petty individual does. He is pissed that the event happened and that FLO’s were involved (because it’s the right thing to do). And oh my….coin dealers? How dare they be present?
What’s missing from the above blogger’s critique is any suggestion or recommendation of an alternative locale to hold such a gathering. The reason of course is that he thinks events like this should never happen in the first place and no one should be allowed to own a metal detector. It’s because anywhere at all we detect must be saved for future archaeological endeavors. It’s because no one else is able to recover history quite like they do, or at least that’s what they would have you believe.
Also missing from this gentleman’s blog post is his detailed plan to actually recover “all” of Britain’s buried heritage. No surprise there though. That is supposed to happen later on, sometime in the future, in due time, in the by and by, down the road, and of course before the land is ploughed under, parted by a four lane motorway or used for an apartment complex, shopping mall or pipeline. And certainly before the farmer gives permission to a detectorist or detecting rally. I mean who the hell does he think he is? The land owner?
Not to worry though….they will come (someday), they will find and record what lies beneath the soil (someday), they will save it, catalog it and make it available to everyone (hmm, yeah right). The following is a reminder of what usually happens…..
PROFESSIONAL VANDALISM AND NOT A DETECTOR IN SIGHT
MORE ON THE XP EUROPEAN RALLY
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