Steve Burch writes:
> I take it from the negative attitudes to this on here that you would
> prefer you werent asked to attend? [rallies]
I think many of us would PREFER there were no rallies on land like this.
The archaeological record would not be denuded of stuff which is then
scattered (like we see on eBay at the moment) and only a proportion of it
The FLOs and other archaeologists would not have to give up their weekends
to service the hobby of an acquisitive minority. Their presence only
legitimises the event.
The landowners won't make a packet out of selling off the archaeological
artefacts on their land like so many pick-your-own strawberries.
The public will not see groups of archaeologists hovering around helping the
hobbyists help themselves to "bits of the past" to collect and sell from a
landscape which many members of the public petitioned to have preserved
intact. This gives out a very ambiguous message.
Then we have the whole issue of the exploitation of archaeological sites for
collectables in the first place.
These are all issues David Connolly's "review of detecting practice" skips