Improved sentencing guidelines for offenders who cause damage to heritage and cultural assets have been announced. Unfortunately, they don’t apply in all cases. It’s criminal to cause reversible heritage damage but perfectly legal to cause permanent heritage damage..

In the cases where the damage is likely to be permanent the British Museum often sends archaeologists to sit in a tent and watch. We know it’s the law but why doesn’t PAS constantly tell the public, the press and Parliament that it’s profoundly wrong?

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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