Karl-James Langford writes of one of the current Britarch threads:
> A forum for hypocrisy or what? After I had raised in the past the main
> down falls of metal detecting. And then being told on this forum- time in
> memorial, ...
-- well, you've actually been on the list since January this year, so
hardly "time immemorial"....
> ....'that the members of this forum have had enough of discussing
> it', I let it drop. And now what I see is that the Brit Arch list
> dominated by it. So is this the new forum for Metal Detecting lover's ....
-- well hardly, since most of the comments in the several parallel
portions of this thread are in fact "anti" ....
>or should we get back to what is important- the past and it's scientific
> excavation and interpretation.
-- some of us would add protection (curatorship) of its remains too.
> Detectorists form your own forum, this forum is exclusively for
> Archaeology not that fad.
I do not think that Britarch is intended to be quite that exclusive, my
understanding is that it is open to all regardless of age, sex, colour,
religion, social status, sexual preferences, literacy skills and
understanding of the past. In any case, I think some of this discussion has
shown that it is difficult to draw a precise line between what is
"archaeology" and what is "detectorism" (for want of a better word). There
is no doubt that in the current structure of British archaeology there are
several spheres of interaction between the two. As such therefore surely we
should discuss various aspects of these interactions on Britarch as much as
elsewhere and the (polite) contact between conflicting views and viewpoints
is always healthy - whether or not we totally agree with what the other has
to say. Indeed, membership of the Britarch list will surely help
detectorists to see the point of view of the different facets of the British
archaeological community on these and other aspects, and enlighten them on
where some of us would make the differentiation between what we (aim to) do
and the mere searching for and accumulation of various bits of old corroded
metal. I would suggest therefore that an exclusive attitude is unlikely to
help, neither is simply attempting to dismiss "detectorism" as a "fad".
I presume that "detectorists" do indeed have their own discussion fora