When these two-legged insects don their woolly hats and sally forth over private land – posing as harmless eccentrics – to hoover-up ‘must-have’ flint tools and pottery shards it’s normally nothing less than a carefully camouflaged artefact feeding-frenzy. Continue reading
Now this is great. Two of our ‘opponents’ are trying to scratch each other’s eyes out. It’s a real catfight. British Archaeology the Council for British Archaeology’s in-house rag is dissing one of Heritage Journal’s (HJ) favourite causes in much the same way that HJ slags-off the National Trust; the CBA; English Heritage; detectorists; the PAS and a variety of other worthies. Continue reading
…is defined as pretence, duplicity, two-facedness, falseness, and double standards and if you were mining for it then Paul Barford’s pisspoor PACHI blog is as good a place as any to start digging. Continue reading
Legendary Quarterback Joe Namath when asked whether he preferred grass or Astro-turf, replied, “Dunno, I’ve never smoked Astro-turf.” Most Tekkies probably prefer grass – of the pasture kind I hasten to add – but there’s considerable confusion over the issue.
I recently stumbled across a bizarre idea; one sermonised by archaeology’s evangelical wing that comes with just a whiff of burning martyr : –
“…it is better to leave objects and other evidence in the ground where it has been lying safely for hundreds or thousands of years. Here it remains safe for future generations to investigate with better techniques and with better-informed questions to ask.” Continue reading
In 1979, detectorist Tom Clark (now 81) found a ring in a Buckinghamshire field which he subsequently took to a local museum for identification and recording. He was told the ring was “worthless”. Continue reading
The claptrap and politically motivated bunkum heaped on our fine pastime by detector-loathing, dead-from-the-neck-up bloggers, has an unintentional ally.