>>David Petts wrote:
...more pressingly you are likely to get an irate farmer with a shotgun getting medieval on your ass...
Isn't this cruelty against animals? Or have I overlooked the fact that this is in fact the American archaeology discussion list?
In the UK an ass is a sort of donkey, what I think David is referring to is written differently, unless he means the animal.
Just a bugbear of mine.
From: PETTS D.A. <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, 6 February 2012, 21:44
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] The perverse incentives forcing amateurs to dig up sites
> In contrast if I just went out with a spade, it would be minimal effort, entirely legal and I would get paid for anything I find.
Also worth pointing out, that (whilst I don't know about the Scottish situation) the finds would belong to the landowner (unless you'd made an agreement before hand or the Treasure Act kicked in). Going out, digging a hole on a site without permission and walking off with the finds would in theory get you done for theft (although admittedly as you pointed out I doubt the police would deal with this with a huge amount of urgency); more pressingly you are likely to get an irate farmer with a shotgun getting medieval on your ass...