Sunday, 22 November 2015

Kingscote Illegal Artefact Hunting: Update

The three artefact hunters caught by nightvision cameras at Kingscote, Gloucestershire (Cotswold farmer claims detectorists 'raping land of Roman history' 12 October 2015), have still not been identified and reported to police by any of the UK's 16000 "responsible" (I use the term loosely) artefact hunters. they have simply vanished into thin air, despite relatively clear images of their rather distinctive physiognomy being broadcast on national TV and figured in newspapers. Certainly, there is more than a handful of metal-detecting individuals out there who knows very well who these people are, but "ambassadors for the hobby" that they are, have decided to "keep sztum" and let these men continue to get away with what they are shown as doing on the BBC. UK metal detectorists claim to a man "we are not all nighthawks" ("we all hate nighthawks, they get us a bad reputation") but every single one of themkm who covers up for culture criminals are themselves tactitly accepting the anti-social and criminal mentality as part of British metal detecting. It is time for the really responsible deectorists to speak out, the merely declaratively responsible ones will not. Where are you?

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".  


Paul Barford said...

A metal detectorist from the Cheltenham region informs us that he "recognizes the one on the left" and will be reporting his name to the authorities and that the artefact hunter in question can expect a knock on the door very soon. One down, two to go. Any more nighthawk haters out there willing to spill the beans?

Anonymous said...

Well Paul, it is now more than an hour so I trust the name is now on the laptop or phone of Chief Inspector Mark Harrison, Policing and Crime Advisor to English Heritage.

Indeed, I can't imagine why the detectorist says he "will be" reporting the name rather than that he "has" done so. Can you? Shall we ask Mark if he has heard anything yet?

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