John Woodgate writes:
>>All I was trying to say was
>>this 'downside' to metal detecting should not be ignored when the
>>positive aspects are emphasised.
>Well, you are quite right, but the trend was in fact to over-emphasise
>the negative aspects, to a really unconscionable extent.
Absolutely! There are an awful lot of babies being thrown out with the bath
water here. For example, Britain has much more good research taking place
on IA coinage that France. There are numbers of Continental series that I
would like to study better but it is hundreds of times easier to deal with
British material. It is better recorded both in sales catalogues and with
the CCI (this also uses sales catalogues and private collection holdings).
IA coins are being dug up in France and routinely stripped of provenance
data because they are not being reported. The numbers are far fewer than
the legally obtained British finds, but this means that many coins near the
surface in continental fields are being destroyed by natural and man made
forces. When they are gone, they are gone. Access to French "public"
collections is severely limited -- even to academics. If you are an
independent foreign specialist without a close and influential French
friend, then you can forget it.
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