Metal detecting really isnít that simple. The finds do not jump out the
ground and into your swag sack. In my experience it is about as
mind-numbingly boring as I imagine fishing to be. Even if one were to go
to a known site of any period, the chances of finding and stealing the
right artefact are slim indeed. The sort of things they are flogging on
this site are the sort of things detectorists bring into the
identification service here in Norfolk all the time. They do not get an
identification without providing a grid reference.
I AM NOT PRO-DETECTORIST. I would rather the things (MDís) hadnít been
invented. But they are here, and metal detecting is extremely unlikely
to be made illegal in the near future, let alone licensed in some form.
Considering the venom some of us have for a television programme made
about archaeology, with archaeologists, I cannot see there will be any
sort of meeting of minds between archaeologists and detectorists in the
near future. Some people who operate metal detectors are thieves, no two
ways about it, but to turn our back on all of them will not stop illegal
looting or artefact sales on E-bay. I see the stuff that passes through
the identification and recording department here. That is a lot of
material that would otherwise be completely outside the archaeological
sphere. And yes, there is a lot of information excavated by
archaeologists in the last forty years that also remains out of the
Anyway, I have a question for David C. Presuming the site in East
Lothian is ploughed, did you consider metal detecting while you were
field walking? And, (this is a genuine question) if not, why not? I am
really not trying to be awkward here, just curious.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Wood [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 16 July 2003 15:12
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Feast your eyes on this!
> Look at the second line below taken from
> 'We always have many artefacts for sale also we have access
> to new material
> all the time.
> If we do not have what you are looking for today you can be
> certain we will
> have next time.'
> Isn't this Nighthawking to order, allegedly??
> And feast your eyes on what they are flogging too!
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