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We just saw this:
“Proposed ‘Institute of Detectorists’: Very pleased to announce the first of a series of courses looking to ’embed metal detecting into professional practice’, the first being ‘Metal Detecting for Archaeological Projects: An Introduction’ in association with the University of Oxford.”

Yet amazingly you can learn to metal detect for archaeological projects in about ten seconds! (Swing it low, swing it slow and stick a flag in where it beeps.) The point being, detectorists are selective in what they are looking for so learn to select only the “best” targets to dig up. That, and finding hot spots are their two skills, and they’re very good at them, whereas archaeologists want to know about everything that’s on a site so just want detectorists to tell them wherever they hear a beep, nothing else.
It’s amazing the University of Oxford didn’t know that! So, to save the University and all archaeologists time, trouble and expense here’s our far more effective online course on how to train as a metal detectorist on an archaeological project:
1.) Start by being an amateur archaeologist, not a metal detectorist, thus having only ever been interested in gaining knowledge, adhering to archaeological standards and never pocketing stuff for personal fun or profit.
2.) Do exactly what the supervising archaeologist asks.
[Course duration: 10 seconds. Cost: £500.]


More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting


October 2019

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