Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Vex-Blex, the Tekkie Nameless Hex

A novice metal detectorist from the West Country asks "why is not even mentioning your name allowed on the forum?" No idea Jed, no idea. Perhaps it's some kind of a silly superstition some intellectually -challenged detectorists have. Like the hoard hunter that had the gold prayer:
"Spirits of Yesteryear,
make golden things appear
in my pockets, in my draws,
in my wellies and eager paws.
Let no one see, let no one say,
what I have dug up today.
Belial lord of the Earth,
guide my coil across the soil
to find much things of worth. 

I guess if you do not name a thing, in the eyes of the airbrains it does not necessarily exist. That's how the heritage debate looks in the UK.

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".  


Anonymous said...

I see someone has used the name Bar-ford. Is that because there is a system that disallows "Barford"?

What next, forum software that detects the phrase artefact hunting and automatically converts it to metal detecting? Oh no, that has already been done hasn't it.

Paul Barford said...

" Is that because there is a system that disallows "Barford"?"
The evidence would certainly seem to suggest that.

Maybe a member of the public or two would write to PAS and ask them if they know why their "partners" would be doing such a thing.

What kind of partnership would that be if they did not know the answer?

The PAS up and down the country are certainly no strangers to this blog, it does after all concern public dealings with portable antiquities and the heritage - something anyone passionately interested in the history would understandably be concerned about.

The automatic bowldlerisation of 'artefact hunting' was on a pliant UK archaeological discussion forum.

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