Detectorists are nothing like archaeologists. Yet, abetted by PAS, they imply otherwise to gain access to fields. Soon that will be much harder as “archaeologist” is to be more clearly defined, by statute: “A professional, student, volunteer or amateur engaged on a planned study of the landscape where the primary goal is to understand past activity through an assessment of all traces of human activity”.

That’s a triple fail then. As a detectorist you can hardly tell farmers you do any of those things. Well you can, but you’d be lying (and if you did do them you’d be an  archaeologist and ineligible for rewards!) So that’s the big reform dividend: far less scope to use archaeo-cloaks to get access to fields. It’s to be hoped that this time  pressure to emasculate the reforms will be resisted.

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Farmer:  ‘Umm,  I thought you reckoned you’d all be citizen archaeologists engaged in a planned study of all traces of human activity. This lot are just locusts.”

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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