Bonkers Britain goes la-la over artefact collecting:
Some exceptionally fine twisted glass decorative rods used during the production of Anglo-Saxon vessel glass" and all the rest of the artefact-drool PAS-supporter archaeologists come out with in public. Artefact porn is not archaeology. Uncritically presenting collected material as archaeological evidence is not any kind of archaeological outreach, it is archaeology exploiting collectors in the same way as collectors are exploiting the archaeological record archaeologists should be striving to protect. But you try to get British archaeologists discussing the issue and all you will meet is emptiness, superficiality and dragging it down to the personal level. Just like their metal detector using partners and protégées. Bonkers.
I do not suppose for a minute that the point behind my tweeted response to this will be grasped and will probably attract more dismissal than be discussed by archaeologists who are more concerned to be the recipient of effort-free goodies on their desks than debate what archaeology is: