ad personam comments, but when challenged came up (only) with
You know as well as I, that the majority of detector users use hand trowels not spades.Eh? To change any kind of digging into "archaeology" all you have to do is use a trowel? What kind of woollen thinking is that? Well, let us take a look at the kinds of trowels sold by a major metal detector supplier and see which of them would be suitable for use in order to observe and document archaeological information during blind recovery of a metal artefact from above when a metal detector screeches. Basically none of them. Some of the smaller spade-like "trowels" (eh?) might be good for trimming the turf along the top of the baulk to get a straight line, but nothing here really usable for any other purpose in proper archaeological examination of a findspot. In any case, Mr Ross has confused archaeology with merely "digging up old things".
So basically what Mr Ross is saying is that all the metal detector users pictured on the web, making You Tube videos in which a spade is visible are the ones doing it wrongly. Is that so? The PAS needs to have a word with them then, letting the side down like that. If Mr Ross is right, the NCMD needs to ban them and add that to their code of conduct.
Getting it wrong in Norfolk, eh, Mr Ross? Lots of spades here:
|Not Doing Archaeology by Digging Blind with Spades in Norfolk|
[Post updated to take into account Mr Ross's indignation that - though he did not introduce himself - I assumed from what he was writing he was a detectorist, instead of one of the many UK archaeologists who sees artefact hunters as their 'partners'. It turns out he has an archaeology degree, which makes his failed attempt to present an articulate case look even more curious].