>Regardless of how you feel about it, detectorists, and other amateur
>archaeologists are here to stay, their discovery rate appears to be far
>higher than the professions. As an amateur myself I have discovered some
>350+ new sites in the last 18 months, most of these would make a
>drool. Yet the job of involving the profession seems an impossible task.
>I would say in general the system works to prevent amateurs from
>registering new sites.
Professionals are not paid to go out and discover new sites, although an
estate survey project, for example, might result in new sites being found. I
don't know what you mean by 'registering' a site but the relevant SMR or
County Archaeology Officer would
be glad to receive information on sites found, but they need documentation
(grid ref. photos/plans, descriptions), in most cases they wont have the
go and record things themselves. Unless there
is some imminent threat to the site in question or it falls within an area
already being studied (e.g. University research project) there is little
reason for professional involvement. Though of course many professionals are
involved 'out of hours' too.
Are you sure some of your 350 sites aren't already on the SMR?