This site will be focusing its mission in 2013. I will be reducing the “hobby blog” material and increasing the advocacy and research side of things. The overall mission of the blog is to curate/host conversations related to advancing our hobby by increased credibility and dialogue. I will be reducing my regional focus on Kentucky.
I was alerted by my friend Butch that National Geographic had published a new article about detecting, and was pleased to find they had given both sides of the detecting conflict. Most articles in wide-spread publications omit the detecting story – or are so inaccurate to be ridiculous. This is probably the best I’ve seen
I have been turned down several times by farm owners who cite liability concerns related to my presence on their property (and these were some amazing sites too!) While I always realize this may just be a way of avoiding saying “we just don’t want you here!” I do think that in some cases, providing
I’m a bit of an idealist. As is stands, all potentially historic public land in Kentucky is “off limits” to detecting. This includes well-documented areas in our State Parks system and areas that will never be excavated. When you ask archaeologists if these areas will ever be explored and often will tell you “probably
A promising program for cooperation between professionals and amateurs with the Montpelier Archaeological Certification Program (MACP.) Well done, Minelab! Postscript: I’m attending in 2013!!!
Dick intended this to be a response to my post but the comment system I was trying blocked him. So I’m posting it here from his site in its entirety. Scott’s blog “Who’s to blame” is on the money, and a topic that always gets my attention. I guess that’s because his comments align with
As the independent detector shop dwindles in the era of e-commerce, we have lost a critical link in the education of hobbyists on the ethical use of detectors. They used to be the front-line: Getting permission, filling holes, writing your congressman… these were all responsibilities of our hobby – and you were taught in many
I have a huge amount of respect for the archaeology and related academic disciplines. And I hate the bad blood that’s being flung around in Frankfort right now. Mistrustful allegations and unsubstantiated exaggerations are good for nobody. But taking uncompromising positions is not acceptable either. Yes, there is a permitting system in place in KY state parks, but nobody except
Today, on one of my favorite forums, I saw a post that caught my eye, especially this headline: The Impossible Idealism of the “Professionals-Only” Argument An excerpt: ….The argument against these [reality] shows illustrates the divide between traditional archeology and amateur enthusiasts, and is the most common argument that I have seen from those who
Working Together (click to view on youtube.) And here is how you can volunteer to work with archaeologist as a detectorist. At least in some states. It’s worth mentioning that the survey work that he was employed to do does not even begin to tap the talent of a skilled detectorist. Many detector hobbyists will not be