Metal detectorists cannot sit back quietly when somebody says something good about conservationists. Readers will find a comment under the Culture24 article about "Ten of the best archaeology blogs from current UK history projects" by Ben Miller which reflects the narrow-minded pettiness which is endemic in the artefact collecting community:
julian bosworth, midlands 16 January 2015 15:39I rather think that the blog is in that list because its author sees the approach of the blog a positive effect of wider public engagement with the heritage. UK metal detectorists only want to STOP such discussion, on the grounds that a small minority of site-trashing collectors are the 'only' public that should have anything to say about how we treat the archaeological record.
Surprised to see the heritage journal in the list alongside. Actual oro [sic] active projects. Even more so when one considers the journal has a long standing habit of basing [sic] and demeaning uk archaeologists - people who actually do something positive.
My suspicions are that this "julian bosworth" is another of those pseudonymous metal detecting sock-puppets that infest and attempt to disrupt and distort the heritage debate.
It may be of significance to note the combination of a stereotypical but rarely used 'toffish' first name with a surname related to a place where there has been controversy in certain metal detecting circles about a boar badge dug up there, where I was right and the oafish metal detector who stubbornly declared otherwise without first checking his facts was the one who was mistaken. He never admitted his mistake (one of many).
"julian bosworth" is welcome to come on here and tell us he really exists, and why he thinks Heritage Action are not worth including in a list of the best archaeology blogs, and suggest his own top ten. Come on, we are waiting.
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".