Tuesday 13 January 2015

Focus on UK Metal Detectorism: ASB and Death Threats

Andy Baines says he's been receiving death threats for writing about "responsible metal detecting". That reminds me of a number of other similar situations chronicled on this blog where UK metal detectorists have been reported as threatening each other, or have threatened those writing about the issues surrounding the collecting of dugup antiquities, and in one case a detectorist even reports being threatened by archaeologists:

Friday, 22 July 2011, 'Portable Antiquities Society Makes Death Threats',

Friday, 22 July 2011, 'More Conservationists Threatened by UK Artefact Hunters',

Tuesday, 3 January 2012, 'Focus on Metal Detecting; The Nice Chaps One Meets Metal Detectoring',

Sunday, 25 August 2013, 'UK Metal Detecting's Ambassador to Europe?',

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 'Focus on Metal Detecting: Sock-Puppet "Balenim" et al.',

Sunday, 2 March 2014, 'More Detecting-Related Anti-Social Behaviour',
Thursday, 27 March 2014, '"Death Wishes from Archaeologists"?',

Sunday, 10 August 2014, 'Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "PAS Partners" in Action - Personal Threats Again a UK Tekkie Tactic',

Monday, 12 January 2015, 'Focus on UK Metal detecting: "Responsibility" in Artefact Hunting'.

Do collectors of other types of objects (postage stamps, phone cards, beermats, My Little Pony) carry on like this?

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".  

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