resist boasting how he'd resisted putting the find in a wider context. Apparently he now regrets it because a fellow tekkie insultingly suggests that the root reason for my concern bout the depletion of a finite resource is that I have mental issues...
Metal detectorist Dick Stout from Texas (20 July 2015 at 8:12 pm)suggests:
You did the right thing John…the gentleman from Warsaw needs to be banned from posting on any and all detecting and collecting sites. He has nothing good to say about our pastime, or for that matter, anyone who doesn’t see things his way. I have long wondered of he pays Mr. Swift to comment from time to time?
Meanwhile, this is the comment I posted in reply to Winter's own:
I guess if one publishes lies, and tries to dodge the issue, it is a bit uncomfortable having people point it out."only after posting that I had been abusive …" No, I did not, that is a lie, as anyone who checks can see.What the issue is, and you do not discuss, was that the results of the detecting rally placed a huge strain on the county's resources, as I DID point out (twice) and it would have been more satisfying to see that (and possible remedies for the future) discussed instead of "wotta lotta nice stuff we got".Now whether you regard raising such issues "beyond contempt" is neither here nor there, the fact is that Mr Steele's find gobbled up the resources that would otherwise have been there for Weekend Wanders' Lenborough (targeting another known site). The Lenborough "carrier bag" fiasco has undoubtedly had a HUGE effect on opinions about artefact hunting in the wider community.What actually, Mr Winter do you regard as "responsible detecting"? Just handing a problem to somebody else to deal with and waltzing off and digging up more, and more? Whose responsibility is looking after your hobby?
John Winter is grateful for the attention his blog gets when I link to it. He fantasises that people are coming there to admire the wit and erudition of his fellow detectorists displayed there for all to see (here). Apparently though he still thinks that second century cremations are really rare in Roman Britain.