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Not sure who's funding this bit of art but getting people to excavate without any reference to the Valetta convention

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/...nnial-arts

Just wondered which laws might apply. Treasure trove, inheritance tax, Presumably it's below high tide which might put these objects into marine salvage. Obviously this could never happen in Scotland.
I'd be interested to see how the Treasure Act could be applied in a case of 21st century material deposited with the explicit intention of encouraging others to recover it.
cause the original treasure trove was put in place when money was produced in local mints and there was concern that people might melt it down and pass it off as ancient.... In this example people might fence off gold they "found" elsewhere and pretend its this artists gold. Obviously they might like to forge it into what ever shape the artist has made.

In this case that the objects are gold and found and I would presume that the objects would still need to be reported to the coroner even though they are not then deemed ancient but that's up to the coroner to decide. The guardian story suggests that they may end up digging this beach forever because nobody will know what has been found. Possible the coroner will know. If its not treasure then this might affect the artist http://www.savvywoman.co.uk/c6-pages/c6s...art_id=597

http://www.money.co.uk/article/1004329-h...-taxed.htm
presumably this artist intends to live for more than seven years and has less than the inheritance tax threshold.
I,m sure numerous laws are being broken here including the Treasure Act of 1996 and numerous health and safety regulations. Furthermore people shouldn't be allowed to dig in the sand on beaches in case Archaeological stratigraphy is destroyed and / or unexploded bombs are uncovered.
Mike.T. Wrote:...........people shouldn't be allowed to dig in the sand on beaches in case Archaeological stratigraphy is destroyed and / or unexploded bombs are uncovered.
thanks - i have just laughed off an unwanted couple of pounds