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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Artefacts on ebay

I know many of you are going too tell me to butt out, but im going to say it anyway.

A quick search of ebay uk with the keywords metal detector finds bring up hundreds of listings of detector found items, many of them are uncleaned and look like they were dug that day.

Now we all say its not about the money its about the history, and lets be fair half these items are the more mundane finds and only sell for a couple of quid.

How about we start making changes why not instead take your unwanted finds to your local flo or museum and see if you can donate them.

do your bit for history

4 comments:

  1. "A quick search of ebay uk with the keywords metal detector finds bring up hundreds of listings of detector found items, many of them are uncleaned and look like they were dug that day".

    And yet the PAS database stats page shows that on Monday they recorded 105 objects, on Tuesday it was 147 objects, and Wednesday (that day you wrote) at the end of the day it was 146. So how many of those hundreds of metal detected items you found on eBay had first been recorded with the PAS?

    In fact the number of artefacts thrown up on eBay when I looked yesterday with that keyword was over 1110, but there were many other metal artefacts there whose description did not contain that keyword, yet they were all probably found with a metal detector.

    So how can you say the HA artefact erosion counter is "tosh" (your word) when in the next breath you talk about something which supports the idea that large numbers of finds are coming out of the ground and are being flogged off without being recorded?

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  2. Hi Paul thanks for dropping by, I fail to see though where I have said that they are non recorded ? I mearly mentioned they look as though they were dug that day. The more than likely reason for that being is that our flo advice us not to clean artefacts we find. So that makes your picking apart of my sentences irrelevant. I was just stating that these finds do not need to be sold

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  3. I would also like to add that there are obviously artefacts uncounted for by some metal detectorists but I believe it is the vast minority and mainly the newer detectorists who have not been educated. However I believe its nowhere near the epic proportions that the AEC states . Until absolute proof is shown and facts about its accuracy can be spoken about the view that its tosh will carry on being though by everyone but yourselves

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  4. Since in your post about "experiences with FLOs" we get the impression that recording is not something that gets done from day to day, its a fair assumption that if you say a find sold on eBay "look[s] like [it was] dug that day". It has not been recorded. Like the Twinstead sovereigns which appeared on eBay hours after being dug up instead of being reported. But please, go through several hundred eBay offers and tell us how many you found with PAS numbers cited. I've done this a number of times for my book, the percentage is always very low and restricted mainly to two dealers (one of whom seems to ave gone out of business).

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