Artefacts: easy to sell and easy to buy
Seals by dukes who used to reigned in Belarus in the 10th-12th centuries — Gleb Minsky and Yaropolk Turovsky — appear at Internet auction
The seller is very serious, noting that he ‘guarantees authenticity’. Moreover, he refers to scientific works which confirm the origin of the seals.
According to the Head of the museum laboratory at the BSU’s History Faculty, Vitaly Sidorovich, there’s a tendency among private collectors to sell their collections via Internet auctions. This is not accidental. Vadim Lakiza, Deputy Director of the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences, reminded us that from March 14th, the Presidential Decree will come into force, aimed at increasing the protection of archaeological objects and artefacts and preventing the activity of illegal ‘diggers’, “Findings will have to be registered with state bodies; this means to show what has been hidden for ages. Many of these items have been unearthed illegally. After March 14th, the sale of such artefacts, including via the Internet, will legally be able to be punished.”
By Viktar Andrejeu