Everybody should be registering with these forums to see what artefact hunters themselves say about their activities. It is quite an eye-opener, and very revealing of their utterly facadist attitudes. In fact, how can one be a supporter of artefact collectors without doing this? I suspect that many jobsworth UK archaeologists do precisely that, which is simply superficial and negligent. Don't be like them, take a look at what artefact hunters are actually saying as they dismember the archaeological record and pocket archaeological evidence.
British archaeologist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Since the early 1990s (or even longer) a primary interest has been research on artefact hunting and collecting and the market in portable antiquities in the international context and their effect on the archaeological record.
"coiney" - a term I use for private collector of dug up ancient coins, particularly a member of the Moneta-L forum or the ACCG
"heap-of-artefacts-on-a-table-collecting" the term rather speaks for itself, an accumulation of loose artefacts with no attempt to link each item with documented origins. Most often used to refer to metal detectorists (ice-cream tubs-full) and ancient coin collectors (Roman coins sold in aggregated bulk lots)
"tekkie" - metal detectorist/metal detecting (a form of artefact hunting)