Sunday, 15 October 2017

ISIL territory Shrinking in Syria and Iraq

Thomas van Linge‏  Syria and iraq map updates: the situation as of 15/10/2017,
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Tallying Knowledge Theft by UK Artefact Hunters

How can this be in any way considered as acceptable? Today the Heritage Action Artefact Erosion Counter indicates that in the twenty years since the PAS was created to deal with the information loss through the lack of mandatory reporting of finds made in the course of activities such as artefact hunting there have been
six million artefacts pocketed by metal detectorists alone.

Meanwhile, the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database rather pathetically celebrates:

According to these figures only one out of every six recordable items found during Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Resource is ever seen by archaeologists.

Five out of six are disappearing without trace.  

Why can’t we ID these people?

Heritage Action, with what seems a perfectly valid question: 'Why can’t we ID these people?'15/10/2017. Here's one metal detectorist pictured at Great Chesterford:

And, as HA point out, this is just one percent of the 24000 active detectorists postulated by Dr Sam Hardy's  latest calculations*:

In other words the serried ranks would look a bit like this in overview:

One, a hundred, twenty-four thousand. How much information is being lost weekly, monthly, annually as artefacts by the million disappear into their pockets? Why is there so little discussion of this?

*The Heritage Action Artefact Erosion Counter has at the basis of its algorithm a figure well below half of that, the PAS suggest its 'around 9,600 metal detector users across England and Wales', while until I saw Dr Hardy's figures I was using my own more recent revised value of 16k. What's yours?

Artefact Hunters and Collectors Know 'How Archaeology Shuld be being Done - innit'

PAS-partners on a metal detecting forum near you (oldartefact » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:22 pm):
To be honest I always thought Archies were on our side, and that is certainly the case with a great many... but there are some who are quite happy to stand up at the Treasure Conference and throw unfounded dispersions around the place [...] Sadly there is an element that want to close us down, and are more than happy to use smear tactics at a public conference to do it. Archies present themselves very well, they are learned academics after all, and there is nothing wrong with that... but when is the last time you heard an Archaeologist stand up and question the effectiveness of their own search techniques? These guys and girls get paid to do a good job out in the field, and then they insist on using archaic recovery techniques which leaves part of the story in the ground, and other parts of the story dug but not seen, thus leaving the narrative of the site only partly told. It seems that our hobby is always on the back foot, trying to defend itself, but given that we are collectively the experts in artefact recovery, maybe its about time we taught the Archaeologists a lesson or two in how they can do their job more effectively.

Lenborough grabfest

Greg's Hole (now expunged from Internet)

'Somewhere in Dorset'
 and many many more examples, though they are mainly commented on only on this blog, you'll not find them discussed anywhere else, really. PAS-partner archaeologists are not so keen to follow 'examples' like this.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

ISIL held Zone of Raqqa Restricted

The situation in Raqqa 20th September 2017 (ISIL - grey)

SDF forces have seized full control of the Nahda district in Raqqa as the battle for the city is slowly nearing it end. Meanwhile the coalition announced a deal has been reached by the region's tribal elders to evacuate civilians from the besieged districts. As the battle enters its final phase, the situation is still grim.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement Against U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and CEO, Daniel H. Weiss, has issued a statement opposing the U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO (Alex Greenberg, 'Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement Against U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO' New York Times 10/12/17):
One of our most important responsibilities as museum leaders is to protect cultural heritage and promote international education. For more than half a century The Met and countless other museums have successfully partnered with UNESCO, an organization that has earned the respect of nations and communities worldwide for bringing together curators, conservators, and a range of other scholars to educate, preserve, protect, and support the intellectual and artistic traditions of our shared cultural heritage. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation. Although UNESCO may be an imperfect organization, it has been an important leader and steadfast partner in this crucial work. The Met remains deeply committed to productive engagement with UNESCO and our colleagues around the world who share this important objective.

Detectorists Selling Finds not Approved

Our Portable Past:
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