Monday, March 18, 2013

Archaeologists entertain the views of private collectors

The Council for British Archaeology has published a paper on their digital journal web site that outlines the thoughts and concerns of private collectors.  Issue No. 33 of Internet Archaeology includes a commentary by yours truly that discusses "Ideology, governance and consequences from a collector's point of view."  The paper is a condensed version of the longer Ancient Coin Collectors Guild paper presented at the CBA conference in Newcastle, England in 2010.  In sharp contrast to their sister organization in the United States (the American Institute of Archaeology), the CBA has traditionally worked with collectors and other elements of the public to seek common ground for the protection of mutual interests.   In reaching out to American collectors of ancient artefacts, the CBA has taken the lead in an area of critical importance to the preservation and study of objects from the past.

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