Sunday 17 February 2013

PAS Clarification Sought

Given recent accusations by metal detectorist "Countrywide" ('Paul Barford and his partners in crime', Monday, 11 February 2013 and "Paul Barford on the Wrong Side of the Law" Monday, 11 February 2013), it would be useful if the PAS could engage a little more closely in proper outreach to members of the public who go out with metal detectors. It seems many of them have a very odd idea about their place in the wider scheme of things, of which the PAS does not disabuse them. "Countrywide's" suggestion that discussing the location of an archaeological site in the public domain is allegedly a "criminal" act is a case in point. It certainly is not, and for the PAS to issue a definitive public information statement elucidating issues like this when and as they arise in the metal detecting milieu would only mean they are doing the job for which they are being paid. Can we expect to see that in this, the second decade of PAS "outreach"?

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