Posted 28 October 2009 - 01:12 PM
I see that quite a few people have viewed this topic. I had wondered if it would provoke a heated debate, but perhaps there is a lack of courage to be the first to repond to this possibly contentious issue?
Perhaps we need to debate the topic in a variety of ways which needs to include everything from illegal digging, finds as a result of construction work and farming, and those who pick up the random found items. I think that a lot of these topics have been introduced elsewhere, but perhaps there is indeed a need to consider a structured sub-forum.
I have seen a link from european websites on the WFA site, to a French collector's site with a lot of relic items. Maybe the sub-forum can include the finds which lead to human stories, finds of human remains, and a general debate on the merits of uncovering the underground story of the development of warfare from 1914-18 on all fronts.
While a lot of crossover may occur with many topics on other threads on the forum, I do see a place for an archaeological debate. After all we do see a lot of relic items in museums, and I see no objection to that. I want to clarify that I am not in favour of the plundering of sensitive sites, but at the same time, I am able to say that I have picked up surface finds as so many other members do.
Is there anyone out there with their own contributions to this topic?