Saturday 28 September 2013

Metal Detectorists: From Name-calling to Identity Theft Now

The next stage in the vicious harassment of a grassroots UK heritage group for expressing its views on the erosion of history by artefact hunting. It seems certain UK metal detectorists (ambassadors for the hobby) really do not know when to stop.
From Heritage Action's Heritage Journal:
Another artefact hunter of similar ilk, a Mr Taylor, (who has been spoken to by the police for openly publishing threats to come to my house and attack me), has taken to impersonating us so if you see any obscene or otherwise objectionable comments in the name of Heritage Action or similar or any of its members, they won’t have come from us.
Frankly while the rest of the detectorists just stay quiet and do not react to this kind of stuff coming from their own ranks (by trying to stop these louts, distancing themselves from it every time it happens, solidarising with the victims, or even just apologising), I think we are justified in holding them all responsible. 

TAKE A GOOD LOOK at this behaviour, for these are precisely the sort of people the PAS wants to grab more and more millions of public quid to make into the "partners" of the British Museum, archaeological heritage professionals and to whom they want us all to entrust the exploitation of the archaeological record. Take a good look and decide what you think about that as a "policy".  


domino said...

I may be a bit slow, but how can this Mr Taylor access your blog and post under your name, surely you can moderate the posts, to restrict this. You must have done something to rattle this guy because he seem to have some serious issues with you.

Paul Barford said...

Eh? I think you have indeed got your wires crossed. The text above comes from the Heritage Action website.

Anyone can access a blog, that's what they are here for. Anyone who has a serious intention and a serious point will comment under their own name.

The person in question has problems with more than just two preservationists, he's got it in for the whole world and an empty enough life to have time to engage in this sort of thing.

This is the sort of people metal detecting in particular seems particularly prone to attracting. Have a look on their forums for some prime examples of asocial attitudes.

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