I think it is slightly (going on very!) misleading of Paul to claim that concern over the future of the PAS is all being stirred up by detectorists: I think Colin Renfrew is hardly one to ally himself with those he regards as 'looters' (check out his many writings on this!). Renfrew was one of the group who advocated and supported the idea of the PAS, along with the CBA and other organisations.
The fact that Roger Bland and other members of the PAS have not made comments means nothing. They are employees of the BM, PAS and associated organisations and therefore not in a position to speak publicly on this subject.
The fact that the PAS has been able to contribute very significantly to archaeological research is a reason for those of us in archaeology to look closely at the current proposals. Abrogating our role to a bunch of accountants (as one correpondent has advocated) seems very worrying to me!
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Sent: 18 December 2007 15:24
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Further PAS coverage
The whole "anti-Roy Clare" campaign has clearly been stirred up by a limited
group of metal detectorists (three names in particular come to mind) under
the slogan "save the PAS, save our hobby".