The poster boy of Garrett metal detectors rejoices that Gloucestershire County Archaeology Service has been cut and no longer has a County Archaeologist ("detectorist's [sic] across the Country will raise a glass and rejoice"): Hey-ho-bitch-is-gone:
Good riddance! Another one bites the dust. [...] They never learn. All those years spent bitching about detectorists amounts to her demise.... but detecting moves on!Of course the official version is that metal detectorists are passionately interested in history and are the "partners" of archaeology. This is not actually true of course, many of them would like nothing more than see all archaeological preservationists silenced for ever.
Meanwhile the rest of us feel that crowing like that because somebody has lost their job a little below the belt, but hey what can you expect, they are metal detectorists and do not care about what other people think.
TAKE A GOOD LOOK at this behaviour, for these are precisely the sort of people the PAS wants to grab more and more millions of public quid to make into the "partners" of the British Museum, archaeological heritage professionals and to whom they want us all to entrust the exploitation of the archaeological record. Take a good look and decide what you think about that as a "policy".