Keep ’em in the dark and feed ’em on bullshit
The best thing that’s happened to metal detecting is the so-called Artefact Erosion Counter (AEC), more accurately, THE
ARTEFACT EROSION COUNTER, a fictional nonsense dreamed up by Heritage Journal’s Nigel Swift and others of that ilk. Why? Simple. The AEC has no basis in fact – everyone knows it – and the more its ‘facts’ are quoted by ‘experts’ so-called, who really ought to know better, the more they become a laughing stock.
Simultaneously as the numpties become the nub of countless jokes for backing not so much the wrong horse, more a donkey, the UK’s official finds database – run by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) – is increasingly used as the most reliable finds source for research of all kinds ranging from PhD level (128) through to Masters Degrees (157). In all, over 600 academic research projects are based on detectorists’ finds. How many similar projects based on the AEC remains unclear.
However, as the March of Archaeological Idiocy goose-steps its way towards the padded cells, just imagine the results, if the accuracy of archaeological knowledge were based on the ‘guesstimates of the kind as employed in the AEC’. In my view, any heritologist supporting such fact-free rubbish ought to be either un-frocked, or, if he/she’s publicly funded ought to have the purse removed. In any case, they are eligible for, and fully deserving of mockery.
Apart from the AEC being 24-carat bullshit, its authors admit it! On its risible website, Heritage Journal comes clean in relation to the accuracy of its equally risible ‘data’: –
Since what happens in the fields is a secret known only to each individual (sic), no-one can claim any particular total of the number of artefacts removed by artefact hunters engaged in metal detecting is right or wrong and this has left the issue wide open to unsupported claims and the public open to misinformation.
Yup! We’ve been saying precisely that for many years. So, if “no-one can claim any particular total of the number of artefacts removed by artefact hunters engaged in metal detecting” on what one wonders, does HJ base its preposterous, fact-free figures? Is the “public open to misinformation”, you can bet the ranch on it. James Mellart lives!!