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Heritage 2018, 1(2), 437-452; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020029

Heritage for Sale! The Role of Museums in Promoting Metal Detecting and Looting in Romania

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Institute for conservation and restoration, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria
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Austrian Archaeological Institute, Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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Abstract

The phenomenon of metal detecting in Romania is growing rapidly, with more and more cases being registered every year. In a context where there is less money for archaeological research, museums are relying more and more on discoveries made by metal detectorists in order to enrich their collections. This situation encourages the practice, and in time could have damaging effects on the archaeological heritage of Romania. Metal detecting represents an activity that has raised lots of debate, but the authorities have not yet taken action. Thus, this study is necessary: in order to find a middle ground between metal detectorists, archaeology, and the institutions responsible for the protection of heritage. Such a middle ground could be a bridge that leads to the better preservation of archaeological heritage in Romania. This study focuses on creating a policy to protect the archaeological sites of Romania, creating awareness among local communities as well as a policy that could be applicable elsewhere in other places that are also involved in this sort of activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeology; heritage; looting; protection of archaeological heritage; metal detecting; museums archaeology; heritage; looting; protection of archaeological heritage; metal detecting; museums
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Ganciu, I. Heritage for Sale! The Role of Museums in Promoting Metal Detecting and Looting in Romania. Heritage 2018, 1, 437-452.

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