Having spent a lot of time and effort I have found a very strong
candidate for an archaeological site, so as we are told to do, I left
the site alone contacted someone to come and look at the site, but in
view of the potential for finds I also contacted the "treasuretrove"
unit in Scotland to register myself as the finder.
This seemed to me the sensible thing to do, but oh no!!!
Apparently, the treasuretrove unit won't even speak to me unless I'm
brandishing something in my hand straight out of the earth.
What a perverse incentive to go and dig it all up, just to prove I have
found an intact site!!!
No wonder many people treat the whole idea of "treasure trove" with
total contempt. From an archaeological perspective it just encourages
... no worse it FORCES ... people to dig sites in order to get
recognition. There's no recognition unless you dig, and no added bonus
for not digging up a site! From an amateur point of view, it totally
ignores the huge time and effort involved locating sites and degrades
the whole exercise of "finder" to one of a treasure hunter looting tombs
rather than giving due recognition & reward for finding sites without
And on a practical note, I've got around a month of work to write this
all up so that other people will understand why these sites have to be
archaeological and not modern ... and unless I do it, no one else will
... and to be frank why should I bother to write it up ....
Where's the spade?