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Council for Independent Archaeology
"I have a masters degree in archaeology, worked as a professional
archaeologist yet find that the contributions made by independent
archaeologists are often belittled by the profession. I believe this to be a
form of jealousy, professionals are now driven by commercial considerations
the rest of us are able to indulge in research for research sake. A labour
of love is better than labour for wages sake."
"I have been a licensed excavator and field-worker in Hong Kong and found
the system both stunting and counter productive. In truth there is no
guarantee that such control works over criminal intent."
"I have spent years identifying and recording metal detecting finds at The
Archaeological Resource Centre at St Saviourgate York, recording hundreds of
important finds for posterity. I have circulated this information to others
with interests in researching artefacts of a specialist nature. This
European agreement will stifle research into the distribution of artefacts
and many of these artefacts which are rotting in the ground, ruined by the
application of pig slurry and other chemicals will be lost."
"At the moment, in the UK, there is full collaboration between the metal
detectorist and the archaeological bodies.
Here in Spain (where I am staying at the moment), it is a different story,
according to the law, you are not allowed to use a metal detector for
So what is happening over here?: it is rather simple, FINDS OF
ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE ARE NOT DECLARED. A lot of finds go to private
collections elsewere and are not recorded. Clearly, such laws are
detrimental to the land's heritage."
"Implementation of this would destroy "Extra-Mural Archaeology" of the type
I have been involved in for 30 years."
"What a scurrilous thing! Why do bureaucrats have to control all aspects of
our lives? This is a potential disaster for British archaeology, indeed
archaeology everywhere. Apart from anything else, it takes away all
flexibility in dealing with the past and with emergency discoveries.... This
seems to be typical EU stuff---control, control, control..."