I recently ran into a detectorist (not in the car!) on a site we have been
working on in N Wilts. The usual conversation ensued, you know, what do you
do with finds, recording, preservation and the like. Usual responses were
forthcoming but and this is the worrying bit, the chap said he was waiting
for a finds liaison officer to be appointed, when he was he could look
through his considerable (his words) collection and record what he wanted.
Good God ! How many artefacts are out there stashed in ice cream tubs in
garden sheds? And to rub salt in the wound he wanted to know why I was on
what he considered to be his new site. Bring on Valetta.
Broad Town Archaeology
>From: ian daintith <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: British archaeology discussion list <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Detectorists : News travels fast
>Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 23:33:22 +0100
>When chris smith and I were at the conference in Shrewsbury on Saturday
>one of the speakers would not show exactly where his finds had been in
>relation to the map. This was because of metal detectorist's (thieves I
>think they are really called). When I visited the website and found the
>Marston Moor information it made me so angry I could have willingly
>strangled the lot of them. Something must be done about this and sooner
>rather than later.
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