Agreed, a number of members of the metal detecting fraternity are now
turning their attentions and exploring the methodology involved in metal
From this it is becoming apparent that an environmental approach to metal
detecting with the emphasis on conservation, conservation of the site, the
resource, the finds and the information. ust be examined.
However this still does not make us archaeologists, more like metal
detectorists with a structured, disciplined approach to this arm of what may
well be classed a field archaeology.
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Subject: Re: Past, Present and Future.
> Steve Wrote:
> best wishes
> Nick Boldrini
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> Structured, disciplined metal detecting can be considered a useful tool
> the archaeological armoury, it does not however make the user of the
> detector an archaeologist. One would hope that being classed as an
> archaeologist is based on more than mere pretentions.
> and Cerri Wrote:
>>Is calling oneself an archaeologist (or any accredited professional
> As far as I am aware anyone can call themselves an archaeologist. There
> is no formal accreditation - the IFA is trying to be but many good
> archaeologists are not members, and (allegedly at least) some bad ones
> Hence my point about what makes a good one. And with regard to metal
> detecting, someone else made a point that the tool is useful, but it is
> the methodology that determines if someone is a good archaeologist or
> not. This applies to trowels as well, poor methodology in trowelling can
> destroy important information, as can JCBs, mattocks etc - but used
> correctly these are also useful tools
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