Won't there be a rather large anomaly using a metal detector?
I'd define ethnoarchaeology as the comparing of archaeological remains with
the information available from the creators and users of those remains. Such
results can be a timely reminder about taking into account just how little
of the everyday past does enter into the archaeological record and
ultimately survive to be recovered.
From: Nigel Swift >
From John Wood
Perhaps Mark and his colleagues have lost an important find from one of
>their department's digs over the past 15 years and the last time it was
>when someone had it in the van. So they have managed to surreptitiously
>re-aquire the old van from Ironbridge, without arousing too much suspicion,
>the pretext of academic research to hopefully recover the lost artefact.
>I didn't notice whether the local metal detectorists had been asked to take
>part in this investigation. i think they should.
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