Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Pining for the Old Days?
After reading a recent article in an UK Tabloid, I have to wonder if Bulgaria's Chief Archaeologist is pining for the old days of Communism with its state ownership of everything old. Instead, Bulgaria would be better served if it adopts a program akin to the United Kingdom's Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme, perhaps with a Bulgarian twist that requires any recorded artifacts that are returned to the finder to be sold at public auction in Bulgaria itself. Of course, consistent with EU law such recorded artifacts should then be made available for export to collectors both within and outside the EU. That could be a win-win for Bulgarian archaeologists and collectors and a boon to Bulgaria's struggling economy.