Italian municipal authorities have announced plans to concrete over the villa of the real life arch-enemy of Ben Hur, Roman General Messalla.
Meanwhile, off in the increasingly out-of-touch reaches of archaeological blogosphere, a professor of some academic distinction has dredged up his version of an old exchange concerning the merits of the UK's Treasure Act and PAS as compared to the "state control" approach of countries like Italy.
Yes, much has happened since 1999. PAS has recorded 1 million finds. And, what of the supposedly superior "Italian approach?" Click on the label for "poor stewardship" and make up your own mind.