Apart from excavators what you mention is non destructive and no I would
have no problem with introducing thse to archaeology. There is no way
though I would let lose a new excavator on a site if he had no previous
experience without someone with experience by their side. When I first set
out I was given areas where they believed little or minor damage could be
done should I screw it up and I remember Bob moving me off of one feature
because my ability wasn't good enough to excavate it and record it well
enough. That said what he put me on was far more enjoyable for a 16 year
old and I had to be physically stopped from collecting the mass of broken
pottery the well produced.
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From: "Andrew Richardson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] PAS strays from its remit ( was Bill Wyman's light
I think we are being pedantic now. Obviously, when I say 'promoting
detecting' I mean responsible detecting.
Should we promote the growth of numbers of brand-new-to-the-hobby
RESPONSIBLE detectorists? My personal (not necessarily the PAS's) view is
yes, but only as one field survey technique among many. Surely you would
not have a problem with promoting brand-new-to-archaeology fieldwalkers,
geophysical surveyors, excavators (the latter very destructive if done
irresponsibly). This continual seperation of metal detecting as an entity
completely unrelated to archaeology is not good (albeit some detectorists
are just as guilty of this). It is a field survey technique, one amongst a
range of methods we can deploy. So as long as it is promoted within a wider
context of appropriate methodologies for understanding past landscapes and
societies, what is the problem?
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Sent: 17 July 2006 11:01
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] PAS strays from its remit ( was Bill Wyman's
light metal )
Incidentally Andrew, you still haven't answered your own question, should
promote metal detecting, and have instead amended it to should we promote
responsible metal detecting.
Everyone agrees to the latter if its seen as a conversion process of
existing detectorists. But of central significance to this thread is -
should we promote the growth of numbers of brand-new-to-the- hobby
RESPONSIBLE detectorists. That seems to be the only possible aim of PAS's
game for children (albeit the mechanics of ensuring they're responsible are
mighty obscure). It would be good to know whether you or PAS thinks that
be beneficial to society and archaeology but I somehow doubt we shall hear.
"I seemed to have lost the section that has that in it.... or did you just
make that up to suit your view...? "
is not going to prompt the desired reponse. How transparent and
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