‘Nighthawking’ crime-wave figures proved groundless

Oxford Archaeology Ltd (OA) is, as their website claims; “one of the largest and longest established independent archaeology and heritage practices in Europe” and was chosen to undertake the £66,000.00 investigation and published under the title:- The Nighthawking Survey, published in 2007/8. It makes sobering reading, not for detectorists, but  the gobby, single brain cell narcissists on the outer fringes of archaeological acuity. Two of the more vacuous, mouthy anti-detectorist clowns’ figures are exposed as fiction… Continue reading


Impecunious lambs crying wolf

There’s a brace of fruitcake heritage bloggers who always remind me of  a couple of unemployed clowns looking of a circus. Now that Sam Hardy’s ‘Research Paper ‘ (so-called) has gone the way of all flesh, they’re both on the hunt again and schmoozing with a ‘three-ringer’ in the shape of RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust, a Buddy-can-ya-spare-a-dime outfit. Continue reading

One man’s treasure hunter is another man’s…treasure hunter?

Treasure seekers and archaeologists come in all shapes, sizes, and guises; some see themselves as higher mortals opting for that thin veneer of BS masquerading as ethically correct (ethics?! Depends on whose).Whatever their pretensions, there’s a particular Mother Lode they’d all like to get their mitts on…and it’s still out there…somewhere. Waiting. Better it’s found by a dyed-in-the-wool treasure hunter methinks, rather than some po-faced arkie. Continue reading