Andrew Nicholson QUOTE:
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 area
they are quite happy to do so - so no, I don't tar all detectorists with the
That is very nice to hear Andrew and I know of a lot of similar cases that
are working along the same lines.
I did not join this list to cause arguments... I joined to learn and see
how I could assist in educating "new comers" to the detecting hobby, and it
is a great opportunity for all on the list as I have nearly 2500 members
world wide and it is growing all the time.
Now if people cant see this.....I have my own opinions why.... but I would
like to see what are the stumberling blocks between metal detectorists,
archaeologists and why the " Great Divide" is so large.
I for one know that if people are not educated then my hobby will suffer and
so will my heritage.
The same reasoning also applies to archaeologists whom also know that their
profession is under threat with lack of funding and for other reasons. To be
able to hold a debate in a polite, friendly and FAIR way is all I ask.
I promised Catherine that I would soon post up the Norwegian model of
"protection" and it is very strict compared to the UK rules.
A lot could also be learned from this area.... I have finds in the
Norwegian museum and no reward is given. Just a photograph and a diploma
recognising the find. For me that is enough... For others it is monetary
reasons.... On which I understand both sides.
I wish that some people would get of their high horse, (detectorist and
archaeologists) take a step back and look at the achievements and
opportunities that are coming available to both parties.
Sometimes I feel like I am a member of the UN.. And one of those very small
countries with no rights when I post on this list.
BUT I will keep "sticking my oar in" as long as it takes even if I get one
person to change there views.