romantic pasts and archaeological crimes

There has been an increase in the theft of ancient artefacts from Dartmoor, a fabulous ancient landscape in the UK, reports the BBC.

So the Dartmoor National Park Authority have started implanting electronic RFID tags in the stones themselves to mark and track stone crosses and troughs in their jurisdiction.

This time though it is not the black market in antiquities that is fuelling the spate of thefts.
Garden makeover programmes on TV (“Ground Force” and the rest) are being blamed. Local gardeners want a romantic relic in the shrubbery.

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photo – Martin Parr