Monday, 29 December 2008

British archaeology-collecting partnership in action

"This website is a resource designed and maintained by metal detector entusiasts (sic) to record finds and promote good practice within the hobby." That's what it now says on the revamped Council for British Archaeology website about the UK Detector Finds Database . The world has gone mad.

I think the archaeological community is entitled to ask what the CBA's definition of "good practice" in the hobby of artefact collecting actually is. There are a number of highly significant differences between the UKDFD and the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and it is for this reason the latter, and not the former figures in the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales, which - believe it or not - the CBA had a large part in brokering.

It is perhaps significant that this does seem to be one of the few links on this section of the CBA's new webpage which actually works. What a shambles.

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