One question with your mail when as it been said that because a site is on
the SMR people cant detect or even excavate a site that isn't scheduled.
After all the SNR is just a list of SAM's known archaeological sites and
specific find spots. Surely if that was the case virtually ever piece of
land in the country would technically be a no go area for MD's and local
If this is the case then I applaud the law that is protecting our heritage
but I suspect that it would only be a request that the landowner could
choose to say sod you to. It is only recently that EH as managed to strop
SAM's being ploughed away by farmers.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nicholson, Andrew" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: A detectorist vision of the twenty-first century ?
> Paul wrote;
> > I think the majority of people on this list are concerned about the
> > preservation of the archaeological resource.
> And for some of us, its a professional responsibility.
> An archaeologists vision for detectoring in the 21st century?
> Detectorist comes to museum/FLO with new find, its location recorded by
> and its recovery depth accurately recorded.
> Information on the location is passed to the SMR.
> The find is hopefully identified, and the relevant museum service offered
> the opportunity to gain the item for its collections if necessary.
> Detectorist comes in with another find from very nearby. The proximity to
> the first find suggests that the two items may indicate the presence of
> archaeology, as opposed to casual loss. The information is passed to the
> The potential site is flagged up on the SMR to allow it to be taken into
> account during the planning process. If the farm is in a government
> agri-environment scheme, the farmer is informed that another site has been
> located. Positive management of sites within the scheme precludes the use
> metal-detectors on the site...the detectorist moves on to another location
> where no archaeology is known.
> Result, a potential site is located thanks to the work of the detectorist,
> and through their restraint in not stripping all metal finds from the
> the archaeological resource is preserved for the future.
> Smiles all round on a job well done.
> (incidentally Gary, this *is* how some of the detectorists in my area are
> working at the moment - if I ask them to refrain from continuing in an
> they are quite happy to do so - so no, I don't tar all detectorists with
> same brush)
> These are definitely NOT the views of my employer...which is a pity
> Andrew Nicholson
> SMR Project Officer
> Planning and Environment (Archaeology)
> Dumfries and Galloway Council
> Tel: 01387 260154
> Fax: 01387 260149
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