Thursday, July 3, 2008

Looting in Britain

A railway guard from Kent has been a three-year conditional discharge for looting at some 20 known archaeological sites in England ("Guard Raids Roman Sites", The Gloucestershire Echo, June 28, 2008; see also "Man Accused of Illegal Digs at Historic sites", The Guardian June 11, 2008). These included:
  • Richborough, Kent
  • Reculver, Kent
  • Chilham, Kent
  • Chanctonbury, West Sussex
  • Spoonley Wood, Gloucestershire (where he removed part of a mosaic)
Sadly it is a good reminder that the destruction of archaeological sites is taking place close to home.

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