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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Paul Barford to give a talk in Ipswich

Love him or despise him (and lets face it most dectorists haven't got a kind word to say about the man) Paul Barford is giving a talk this evening - Free of Charge.

Is East Anglia's buried and unexplored heritage being pilfered in an unsustainable way?

Date and Time: 10/4/2013 16:30 - 18:00

Location: W602, UCS Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich

Paul Barford is a British archaeologist living and working in Warsaw Poland. Since the early 1990s his primary interest has been research on artefact hunting and collecting and the market in portable antiquities in the international context.

Over the past decade, discussions in the UK of the amateur collecting of archaeological artefacts have concentrated on two facets of this complex problem: the use of the objects themselves for museum display or as a source of information about the past, and dealing with criminal activity among searchers. An equally valid topic, the effect of these activities on the preservation of the archaeological record, has tended to be ignored in the current debate. At what rate is the archaeological record being avoidably damaged by artefact hunting, and to what degree is this damage being effectively mitigated by current policies?

This event is open to all UCS staff, students and visitors

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