"But I'd just appeal for people not to always focus on the negative."
> Nigel Swift replied:
> If 80% of detectorists were responsible that would be good advice.
However, since 80% of them are irresponsible it would be foolish to
follow it since to do so would be to be complicit in net damage. I
don't see why anyone should be requested to do that. Do you?
I operate in Kent, where I would say that the majority of detectorists
are responsible. Certainly there has been no opposition to the code of
practice and many clubs (e.g.. Mid-Kent) are amending their constitution
to integrate the code. I can't speak for the situation in other parts
of the country. I'm not asking you to ignore the negatives, but it
would be nice if you could acknowledge progress where it has been made.
> Why cite the CoP and EH's guidelines? The great majority of
detectorists are unwilling to comply with them it seems. Not mentioning
that fact would be avoiding focussing on the negative and being further
complicit in net damage. I am minded not to. And you?
As I said, in Kent I have yet to encounter a detectorist (and I visit
all the clubs in Kent, combined membership 400+) who opposes the CoP. A
completely different picture to the one you paint Nigel.
> You haven't supplied an answer to your own question, "should we
promote metal detecting".
Perhaps you should, since you have posed it. If your opinion is yes,
PAS should, perhaps you could specify your statutory or other authority.
Sorry about that, I thought my view would be apparent. I think we
should promote responsible metal detecting in the same way that we (and
all archaeologists) should promote responsible excavation, fieldwalking,
troweling and any other aspect of fieldwork or research, when
appropriate and responsibly done. As I said, that is my personal view,
not one based on statute or the aims of the PAS. But I would question
why metal detecting, alone amongst the various sub-disciplines of
archaeology, should be singled out for not being promoted, even when
> BTW, I am involved with the only non-detecting website that praises
responsible detecting to the skies and am thus content that I have a
balanced view of the positives and negatives in this issue.
So you are also promoting responsible detecting? Great! So whats the
problem. Nobody in the PAS, btw, promotes, endorses or encourages