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Acherontia atropos (Zmierzchnica
trupiagłówka) - metal detecting
is seriously damaging archaeology
Like others, Heritage Action is rapidly running out of patience with the passivity of PAS, and has written some “advice to landowners”.
Certain that if the PAS would take the step of endorsing such a text, it would make a huge difference to conservation, they have sent it to the PAS management:Landowners are the sole group with absolute power to allow or disallow detecting so they are pivotal gatekeepers both metaphorically and literally. If they aren’t made aware of bad practice (or the fact PAS’s statistics show it is very widespread) they aren’t equipped to make informed, heritage-friendly decisions or to curate the history in their fields on our behalf.
with a polite request that they publish something similar on their website and in the farming press [...]. We’ll let you know how they respond.Oh yes. Conservationists "trolling" again, on behalf of the heritage. Read the text of the postulate here and decide for yourself if this is a reasonable thing to expect the PAS of England and (for the moment) Wales to be doing with public money, or an unreasonable one. I think it sounds perfectly reasonable but then I am one of those "archaeologists bar none" opposed to avoidable knowledge theft through irresponsible collection-driven exploitation of archaeological sites and assemblages.