"Dots, I see dots, lots of dots and call it archaeology"
Private metal detector users collect portable antiquities (metal artefacts) from arable fields or construction works. Their finds are very valuable to professional archaeologists, but remain largely unknown. PAN will provide human resources and an online database for portable antiquities to make these available to scientists, heritage professionals and spatial planners. De NWO-bijdrage is 1.862.000 euro. .Of course back in Bonkers Britain, partners and supporters of the artefact hunters and collectors are announcing this as a vindication of Bonkers British policies on the emptying of the archaeological record into collectors' pockets:
€1.862 million awarded to set up a similar scheme to
@findsorguk in the Netherlands (article in Dutch) http://www.vu.nl/nl/nieuws-agenda/nieuws/2016/jan-mrt/miljoenensubsidie-voor-tweelingonderzoek-en-archeologische-vondsten.aspx … #archaeology