Paul Barford's blog because I can't be bothered to deal with anger - and he does come across as angry. It's a pity, because he makes a great deal of good points, but that's where the Cultural Property debate has gone - to the very extremes, with both people attacking each other. I genuinely believe that if we could all work together we'd get more done, and that we're mostly in the shades of grey when it comes to collecting - very few people want to ban collecting, just as very few people believe that looting is acceptable.
Barford tends to attack people, sometimes making personal attacks. He's obviously angered some people, as they've set up an anti-Paul Barford blog: "Paul Barford - Heritage - The Truth" - my guess is that it's a group of pro-collecting 'radicals' behind it, based on the language.
I will however defend Barford, because I think this sort of attack is despicable.
Barford may not have completed his PhD, but neither have many of some of the best archaeologists in the field - I make a play on words of my PhD in my blog title, but many field archaeologists who've done great work don't have one. I don't know if he's any good or not. I did ask a couple of people about him, as he seemed to have come from nowhere and be making a big splash. One had little good to say about Barford, having been the butt of his ire via the blog. The other is a leading archaeologist who specialises in the Slavs, and thought that Barford's book - P. Barford, The Early Slavs. Culture and Society in Early Medieval Europe. Cornell University Press. 2001 - was a very good account that he recommended to people and made the subject easier to teach. Barford did his undergrad at the Institute of Archaeology, which is a very well regarded institution. He may no longer wield a shovel, but he's entitled to have opinions, and many archaeologists no longer do active field work, or have digs where workmen do the lifting (me).
I don't have much time for Barford and his attacks, but setting up a blog just to attack the man and dig into his past is disgusting.
(We all have skeletons in our past, and archaeologists should have more than most - I certainly do.)