Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cultural Property and the UK

There were some excellent questions after (and even during!) the lecture for the European Forum yesterday. One part of the discussion considered the people "searching" for still unrecovered cultural property. To what extent do finders get market value? What is the finder's price in relation to the final price? (Neil Brodie has written in this area.)

I was mindful that on the journey through rural Suffolk and Norfolk, incidentally passing places like Hoxne as well as the walled Roman town of Caistor St Edmund, figures could be seen walking the fields. What would they find? What would they report?

And I remain concerned that the Romano-British bronzes from Icklingham remain in a private collection in New York. Please could they be returned so that the people of Suffolk can enjoy part of their archaeological heritage?

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