The complexities of Metal Detecting Policy and Practice: a response to Samuel Hardy, ‘Quantitative Analysis of Open-Source Data on Metal Detecting for Cultural Property’ (Cogent Social Sciences 3, 2017)In his paper ‘Quantitative analysis of open-source data on metal detecting for cultural property’, Samuel Hardy suggested that permissive policy is ineffective in minimizing the damage done to cultural heritage by non-professional metal detecting. This response paper contests the basic assumptions upon which this analysis is based. While Hardy‘s comparative,...
Deckers, Pieterjan ; Dobat, Andres ; Ferguson, Natasha ; Heeren, Stijn ; Lewis, Michael …
Journal articleThis paper will consider the positive contribution from hobbyist metal detecting from both the perspective of the archaeological and metal detecting community. Are we currently opting for a path of least resistance with a ‘better than nothing’ approach to encourage reporting and to maintain good working relationships, even if it...
Archaeology, treasure trove system, non-professional, positive contribution, responsible practice, hobbyist metal detectorist, professional, artefacts, heritage management, recreation, and engagement.