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Friday, 7 February 2014

More national praise for detectorists.

A small report taken from the bbc showing yet more praise for the work we are doing im helping to build a picture of our history

There is still a stigma towards metal detecting here but with more and more good reports like this in the public domain the tide is turning.

keep up the good work everyone and keep reporting your finds


  1. Andy, thank you for bringing this to the attention of the masses. It was an interesting experience to be interviewed over the telephone by the BBC reporter and then to have my contribution edited to create their version of news!
    I am in full time employment and metal-detect in my spare time as a hobby. From the early days of partaking in the hobby I have been uncomfortable with the number of " fellow" detectorists who reject the historical and archaeological aspect of our pastime. To some, the high monetary value find is the Holy Grail of the hobby. History and knowledge seems to be taking a back seat for some but, certainly, not all.
    The report issued by the BBC regarding my finds recorded onto the PAS database is the result of a press release by the BM and the PAS. Yes, I have self-recorded over 600 finds now, but they are all just metal-detected finds from the ploughsoil with a good findspot recorded but with a limited context because of being in the plough layer and having been, potentially, moved over time. They have a place in the archaeological record, but with the proviso that they are not found within stratified layers.

    My nomination as a potential candidate for the press to talk to was because of my involvement with the PAS and the number of finds that I have recorded with them as a self-recorder.
    I know that I am recording for the right reasons and that my efforts will be used and appreciated by generations to come. I also know that my, and my hobby's, decriers will find fault with what I do and with the PAS system. It is not perfect, but it is what we have to pull together the members of a hobby that is, otherwise, unregulated. Anything that is unregulated will have its rogues and metal detecting is no different. Many, if not most, of the metal detecting community will shun, and expose, those that bring the hobby into disrepute.

    I will continue to metal detect the farms and fields that I have permission to do so on, and will continue to record what I find, with all it's detail, onto the PAS database. This would appear to be the best that I can do at the present time, the only other alternative being to stop metal detecting. I know that this is the preferred option for some and I do sympathise with many of the arguments that support that view, but I also see the benefits that metal detecting and its practitioners can bring to the heritage table, if it is managed appropriately.
    The future will bring many changes to the way we manage and regulate metal detecting in the UK but it will remain an important tool in the way we investigate archaeological sites. All I ask is that it is not ruled out altogether, just because of the reckless few (or many).

  2. Thank you for taking the time to write that excellent post Tom very much appreciated.

    Its clear too see that you are a good detectorist and its important to receive the correct recognition for it, the more good reports that come in the more chance there is that the wreckless and careless minority that are tainting our hobby will start taking note and start doing things the right way.

    your also right in the fact that the pas system does have it flaws but it is the only system in place so its our duty to make it work the best we can. Not just for our heritages sake but also for the sake of our hobby.



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