Thursday, 24 May 2012

Avoiding Archaeologists "Aggressively" Posting Archaeological Concerns...


The British Museum is claiming that since archaeologists kept "aggressively" posting archaeological concerns on the PAS Forum, they've had to conduct their "outreach" to the public through metal detecting forums.

Those of my readers who have taken up my suggestion to register on a few to see what is going on in the secretive world of UK artefact hunting will be aware however that - despite having at times upward of fifty staff all engaged in this outreach - on such forums there never has been any substantial and concerted PAS public outreach especially on topics related to 'best practice', and it has been ages since there was anything much. Roger Bland begging for petition signatures to save the PAS was the most recent that I can recall.

Maybe the PAS would like to provide links to their outreach threads on such forums to show this was not an empty claim.

1 comment:

heritageaction said...

"Maybe the PAS would like to provide links to their outreach threads on such forums to show this was not an empty claim."

That's going to be difficult for two reasons:

First, I haven't seen any for years and years.

Second, it follows that any that exist will be in the "closed" forums or sections of forums, the places designed for discussion of things metal detectorists don't want the public to see (illegal, immoral or disreputable presumably else why hide them?). If PAS has been outreaching on those then their outreachees will clearly be unwilling to allow people to see.

A question that is worth posing to PAS is not just have they been outreaching on detecting forums but have they been given access to the hidden forums that the public isn't allowed to see?

 
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