I do not understand why you think that such material - I assume you are
referring to dog tags etc. are obviously looted from bodies found on the
battlefield?! I would be most interested to know your source. In the first
instance many of bodies of the men who lost their lives in this particular war
were very sadly blown to bits - there was nothing left to loot, relatives only
being informed of the death when the dog tags were found.
The people who sell such items on ebay etc. are often dealers who have
acquired the items from the present families of the deceased who unfortunately
no longer have an interest in the items. I think it is great that these items
are sold on to collectors who are preserving these items for future
generations and they will not just go out with the rubbish as so many of these
things sadly do.
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>They have also been known to handle Great War material including assemblages
that have pretty obviously come from bodies found on the battlefield and
looted and left unreported. The artefacts are, of
>course, the bits that help you identify remains.
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>Sent: 06 July 2003 21:50
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>Subject: metal detectors selling on ebay
>I have been increasingly concerned at items I come across on ebay which are
>from metal detector finds
>what is being done about monitoring this vast selling forum for illegal
>selling at home and abroad?
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