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If you find a treasure find on a site... should the reward be shared?
Geli Wrote:We're not treasure hunters or antiquarians after all

Thats it basically. We are (like most detectorists) not treasure hunters.. we do it because we do!

Geli Wrote:The idea of setting up a central fund that could provide bursaries to help further training of professional archaeologists does have some appeal. The land owner would still get his cut just the same as if a metal detectorist found something on their land.

And here Gary is right... why not if its a good cause?

As an add on.. the CBA are having a conference about Portable Antiquities. I really hope they have not filled all the speakers before advertising the conference. I would like to push this concept and the concept that we are missignout a BIG bit of archaeology - the topsoil. We field walk it... and complain about detecting in it... BUT when it comes to commercial work... we strip it off with a JCB... go figure.
For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he
Thomas Rainborough 1647
its all over, the cba, something about topsoil, it getting very hard to get up in the mornings, if you find a treasure register it in the clients name or melt it down- plenty of addresses on the telly
Reason: your past is my past
Did someone say "Treasure"? I know that this thread is not "show and tell" but I found it quite bittersweet when I found this. My gaffer said to me "You know Bier Keller,you should have put that in your could have shifted that for about 15K" (Euros). A pat on the back and the satisfaction are more important than silly things like trying to pay the rent or eat. In this regard, I am a rich man.
Belhaven is your friend
Too right Beir Keller... its what we do... yummy find though! [Image: face-wink.png] and good drawing..

ps... I know somebody who will be very interested in these beads! ...
For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he
Thomas Rainborough 1647
Excellent drawing! (I'd love a closer look at the red & white bead in Pos. 5) Now that we've been flushed from hiding, it's wonderful to see such good drawings of beads, we are always on the lookout for glass bead finds.

As for the main topic, it's a bit of a poisoned chalice. If people working in an official capacity who are employed to work in a professional manner would start receiving a reward for items discovered, how much would that affect the practice or perception of integrity or accuracy of the work involved?

Would it have a long-term effect on the ability of a group to work together or would everyone start marking out their own little fiefdoms? Considering how much competition there is in the academic world over theories/information and the kudos gained from publication, how much more would be at stake for material items and the resulting financial gain from them?

-Su Poole

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