A few days ago a metal detectorist alleged that he had found "The question that a conservationist cannot answer". He asked where I would prefer a "million" PAS-recorded items to be other than scattered as isolated objects in thousands of ephemeral personal collections. I actually answered him several times, but ... metal detectorists... you know how they are.
Anyway, let's pose him one. The same guy referred to my original post and said something about "the questionable Heritage Action Journal's artefact erosion counter shows closer to 12,000,000 items". Now, omitting the total inability of the writer of those words to see that Heritage Action's webpage and its blog are two different things, I would like him to recount for us his evidence for considering the Heritage Action estimate "questionable".
This is not the first time he has come out with this type of remark about it, several of his fellows have expressed similar disdain, but none of them has produced a scrap of evidence to support their case, none of them have ever quoted any official figures resulting from fifteen million pounds of public money spent on a Portable Antiquities Scheme and liaison ('partnership') with such people which would contradict what HA are saying. It is time for them to do that now. Or is this a question that a non-conservationist parroting other people's opinion as their own is not in a position to answer?