Dr. Roger Bland, Head of the Department of Treasure and Portable Antiquities at the British Museum Spoke as a guest of ACCG and ANS in Washington DC and was recognized for his contributions to numismatics with the ACCG Friend Award.
The founder of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Britain, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, came to the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on June 26, 2007 to report on the progress made in reporting finds of artifacts in Britain.
Some of the major points from Dr. Bland's lecture were:
The audience in Washington included Congressman John Culberson (R-TX), members of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Dr. John Russell - U.S. State Department Special Assistant of Iraqi cultural affairs, representatives of the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, National Park Service, the American Numismatic Society, the Cypriot and Turkish embassies, Brian Rose - AIA President, members of the press and other interested parties. The venue was provided by Congressman Culberson and the event was co-hosted by the ACCG and the American Numismatic Society. Dr. Bland delivered the same presentation at ANS headquarters in New York City on June 27th.
In recognition of his many contributions to numismatics, the ACCG presented to Dr. Bland its Friend of Numismatics Award. This award is reserved for individuals who are not primarily involved in numismatic activities but have made significant contributions to the advancement and preservation of ancient coin collecting as a private pursuit.
A copy of Dr. Bland's Powerpoint presentation may be downloaded at www.finds.org.uk/congress.zip
Dr. Roger Bland (left) accepts the ACCG Friend of Numismatics Award from Peter K. Tompa, guild president, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.