For once I have to disagree with your belief of what kids will and won't do.
My own kids love nothing better than walking across ploughed field, head in
the soil and picking up things then running to me screaming dad is the
archaeology? Also the success of the YAC shows this also to be the case.
My nephew was given a rather pathetic Metal Detector recently and after 10
minutes of walking on a ploughed field with permission and with me in
disgust gave up and went home.
That said I think it comes down to motivation and the actual finding. Time
Team introduced a lot of kids to archaeology and this seems to have
increased the membership of the YAC. If Corrine is on list still I am sure
she remembers as well as I do the many kids coming to the TT forum asking
where they could get involved etc. It is for this reason that I find the
PAS game a little too much pro detecting and not enough pro archaeology.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nigel Swift" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] PAS strays from its remit ( was Bill Wyman's light
On Mon, 17 Jul 2006 20:59:02 +0100, BAJRWebsite.ORG <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>sorry to go on, but Nigel will only answer this question unless I put it
>YES or NO - the game you are so offended by is not JUST about detecting?
Well, to be fair, I also attached that condition to the off-list attack
which you made on Heritage Action. I trust, in all fairness, you will paste
that here too, verbatim.
As to the "game", yes the presentation isn't just about detecting but just
why you're so keen to establish that i don't know since, given the choice
between the charms of fieldwalking, GPS surveying, excavation and metal
detecting the vast majority of kids will opt for the latter. "Presenting it
in context" alongside other less exciting, less shiny, less available
aspects of archaeological investigation will count for nothing amongst most
kids. IMO. Am I allowed to have my opinion now? or must i be asked again?
Why not ask Steve if any of his sales have arisen due to PAS's classroom
resource, and if so does he know where they are now and who is holding them
and whether they are all marking their find spots and reporting to PAS?
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