After all he did for them, the thread on a metal detecting forum near you started a week ago: 'PAS - Roger Bland has resigned' has just 11 posts and has been viewed a mere 302 times on a list with 7795 members. A poor show.
One list member hopes that "the intent of the Review [sic] was to enhance the work of the PAS" and adds "I am sure we will never fully know what went on and why it was done" thus resigning himself to a lack of transparency about the fate of a national scheme. "The way the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group were kept out of the loop is very telling", he admits. Not a word though about how this will affect the status of artefact hunting as the BM switches to a format promoting the work of "our volunteers" rather than the "finders" that were the centre of PAS spin.