Some people post an incessant series of kitty photos on their twitter account, others what they are having for lunch. The Learning, Volunteers and Audiences Portable Antiquities Scheme posts decontextualised artefacts hoiked mostly by metal detectorists. Several FLOs proudly take part in a weekly bragging "finds Friday" photobomb session. An example of the sort of objects found by others which they show off is this one, a "captivating mount" "found in Lincolnshire:.
- to advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales by systematically recording archaeological objects found by the public.
- to raise awareness among the public of the educational value of archaeological finds in their context and facilitate research in them.
- to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology and strengthen links between metal-detector users and archaeologists.
- to encourage all those who find archaeological objects to make them available for recording and to promote best practice by finders.
- to define the nature and scope of a Scheme for recording Portable Antiquities in the longer term, to assess the likely costs and to identify resources to enable it to be put into practice.
By the way, take a look at the identities of the people the PAS account follows. Does that reveal in any way a commitment to engaging with the heritage debate or the public at large on portable antiquity issues? That list of 56 accounts is composed mostly of their own employees, excluding the contribution of the "audience" for their work entirely.
If they have time to titillate, the PAS have time to reciprocate.