the reason I wanted to air this topic and get it discussed was mainly due to
the public perception that the program would produce. Whilst I am reassured
by the many comments on Britarch, and particularly by some that have
questioned the archaeological methodology adopted, this in itself does
nothing to alter the public perception that the program reported and indeed,
will have helped to create.
What I'm trying to say is that metal detecting is obviously a serious issue
for British archaeology, but I don't see a lot of comment on Britarch
seriously discussing ways to engage with the "valdermort" community, indeed
it is that subject that cannot be named.
As this is a subject I have little direct dealings with I have to admit I'm
out of my depth but even so let me try and ask some questions that seem
1. What is the archaeological community doing to tackle the bad publicity
this time team program will have created?
2. What efforts are underway to tackle the distrust of "valdermorts" so that
in future they won't think twice, thrice or even a thousand times about
3. Who is doing the "lessons learnt" on the Ainsbrook excavation? (and
apologies for getting the title wrong)
4. When will the archeological community start treating valdermorts as
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From: "Nick Boldrini" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Ainsworth - Can anyone explain the disparity?
I think this was misrepresented by the program, though I am prepared to be
As I understand it, there is a panel that determines the value of Treasure
finds, which includes representatives from the Metal detecting Community.
However, if you go the PAS website there is code of practice on the Treasure
Act which goes into more detail on this.
Also present members of the Committee are viewable at
As it includes two antiquities dealers, its an interesting question as to
the actual as opposed to perceived value of the hoard.
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>>> Michael Haseler <[log in to unmask]> 15/01/2008 16:41 >>>
The other question that has not been raised is why the amateurs assessment
of the value of the coins was so much greater than that offered by the
archaeologists? Though I hate to say it, the amateurs were probably much
better informed of the current market value of the coins than the
archaeologists and it isn't going to make amateurs over keen to inform
archaeologists of valuable find spots if they are diddled out of their
legally acquired finds!
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