Sunday 4 August 2019

Depictions of and Confusions About Nighthawks and Detectorists

More tekkie rabble-rousing from figures intent on living and trying to re-live the past:
Detecting Diva27 lipca o 14:28 · Check out the anti- metal detecting poster that at one time was distributed by the “Council for Kentish Archaeology” [detectingandcollecting]
This brightly-coloured item has two components, a picture, and a text. Now if you are an artefact hunter, probably coping with more than eight sentences is most likely going to be difficult for you. This text has ten and they contain a few multi-syllabic words. So it's pretty clear that metal detectorists are going to concentrate on the picture only ("I notice he looks like Homer Simpsons [sic] boss").*
Paul Barford If you read the TEXT of this poster now some 30 years old (pre-PAS days), you will see that what the *picture* represents is the type of metal detector user that is called (by detectorists too) a "nighthawk". Perhaps just looking at the pictures might give a misleading impression of what is being discussed. So, how would you bring attention to the issue of damaging nighthawking? What picture would you use?

*The poster predates July 1980, while the Simpsons (with the character Charles Montgomery Burns) were first aired in April 1987 it seems more likely that the figure is modelled on the (nocturnal) main character in the 1922 German Expressionist horror film Nosferatu, directed by F. W. Murnau.

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