In this lecture, we will be concerned with some practical questions of this process: can you just dig them up and take them home? In Portugal? In UK? In other countries? Whose possession are they actually and why? In recent years, particularly fired up by the wars in the Middle East and the destiny of many cultural artefacts during these times, the discussion about such questions had sometimes reached dimensions and passions hitherto very foreign to the normal scientific dispute.
We will look into the example of the UK Portable Antiquity Scheme and contrasting laws in Portugal and Germany and let you draw your own conclusions.