|Antiquaries in Britain|
Update, Tuesday 12 JulyLet's see what BM "Learning" comes up with (anybody out there holding their breath while waiting for an informative reply is strongly advised not to).
Paul Barford received a reply which didn’t answer the central issue so far as we are concerned. Consequently we have just sent the following message to Susan Raikes, Head of the Learning, Audiences and Volunteers Department:
We have a couple of simple but (we think) very important questions. Does not the BM have a central duty to “inform”? Is that duty fulfilled by telling landowners that anyone at their gate carrying a metal detector is a “citizen archaeologist”?
The Heritage Journal
This is a pretty pathetic show, one concerned member of the public in HA, one blogging bloke in Poland and the rest of British archaeologists, the CBA, CIfA, Rescue are utterly silent on the issue of the public portrayal of the discipline. Like the Society of Antiquaries. This is the sort of addle-brained muddlewhimpsyflop thinking the PAS encourages and flourishes on the back of.
Artefact collecting is not archaeology and anyone who thinks they can show that otherwise is cordially invited to share their views in the comments below.