Can anybody please clarify the legeslative background to the
ownership (developers'/nation's) of finds such as this? Is it really
as clear cut as it seems?
Date sent: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 13:55:17 -0000
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From: Mike Heyworth <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] excavation archive for sale
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> The story I mentioned below (posted to britarch on 2 Feb) is featured in 'The Times' newspaper today and you can read it online at:
> It contains a further quotation from the developer, Christopher Tudor-Whelan, director of Tudor-Whelan Property Holdings, who when asked how he felt when it was unearthed, said: "The archaeological guys were more excited than me. I thought, 'Oh my God, this will hold up the development'. At
the end, the proof of the pudding is how much it is worth."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Heyworth
> Posted At: 02 February 2006 10:48
> Posted To: britarch
> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] excavation archive for sale
> The next issue of CBA's "British Archaeology" magazine contains a lead news story about an extraordinary Roman tombstone found last November in Lancaster which may go abroad if the money to keep it in Britain cannot be found.
> The stone was excavated on a developer funded site and the developer (named in the article) who legally owns the stone hopes to recoup the costs of the archaeological work by selling it through an auction house.
> In this case an export licence would be needed if it was going to be sold abroad, but it does show how vulnerable archaeological material is (in a legal as well as often in a physical sense) when it can be disposed of at the whim of the owner.
> Of course this is where the law in Scotland is much stronger than in England and Wales
(see http://www.treasuretrovescotland.co.uk/the_legal_position.html) as the Crown may claim finds of any date, made from any type of material.
> In terms of finding funds to purchase this sort of material for the nation, there is the Headley Trust scheme, see:
> and the MLA/V&A Grant Fund, see:
> though whether they will be able to help in Paul's case I'm not sure.
> There may be other archive-related grant sources?
> Dr Mike Heyworth, Director, Council for British Archaeology
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