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As if Dr Sam Hardy’s conclusions weren’t embarrassing enough for Britain ….

[For more on Dr Hardy’s conclusions put “Sam Hardy” in our search box]. Dr Sam Hardy has concluded laissez-faire applied to metal detecting simply doesn’t work (see here). But the question is WHY? The answer has been voiced for some years by other independent academics: 5 years ago Suzie Thomas of the Scottish Centre for […]

Dr Sam Hardy’s two detecting bombshells: what should happen next.

[For more on Dr Hardy’s conclusions put “Sam Hardy” in our search box]. Dr Hardy’s two metal detecting propositions – that “laissez faire” doesn’t work and that over 92% of British recordable detecting finds may be being lost to science – can surely not be ignored, they are far too consequential for that. We certainly […]

A second bombshell for Britain from Dr Sam Hardy!

[For more on Dr Hardy’s conclusions put “Sam Hardy” in our search box]. Two weeks ago we highlighted a bombshell from Sam Hardy of UCL, the fact that laissez faire regimes don’t reduce metal detecting damage, only regulation does. But there’s more….. Both PAS and we have long assumed there are about 8,000 licit detectorists […]

Thomas Hardy’s Landscapes: New exhibition at Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Press Release: Wiltshire Heritage Museum.   A new exhibition Landscapes of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, bringing together the works of artists Rob Pountney, Dave Gunning and David Inshaw, opens at Wiltshire Heritage Museum on Saturday 28 May 2011.    The exhibition displays works that depict the spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites that feature in the novels […]

PAS shifts position on metal detecting?

The 6 academics including from PAS who recently sought to downplay Dr Sam Hardy’s conclusions have “clarified” their astounding claim that non-reporting isn’t damaging: “We feel that our paper too has been misrepresented in reactions elsewhere on the internet.” “It should be obvious that it was not intended to propagate a liberal, ‘pro-detecting’ viewpoint” No, […]

Six academics may wish to reflect ….

Incisive as ever, Professor David Gill says the 6 academics seeking to minimise Sam Hardy’s conclusions “may wish to reflect on whether or not their own position is endangering the finite archaeological record“. Quite. Their assertion that “unreported finds are not damage” is simply wrong and must be damaging because it will result in fewer […]

A question writ large in the sun drenched fields: “Why the hell defend “laissez faire”?

.. We ask because 6 academics organised by PAS are trying to minimise Dr Sam Hardy’s conclusions and now say “unreported finds are not damage, but at worst a zero-gain“ which is clearly untrue. Now Raimund Karl of Bangor Uni is saying Sam’s figure of 27,000 detectorists “must be discarded” (even though one Facebook detecting […]

PAS now says it doesn’t matter if you don’t report your metal detecting finds!

The 6 academics organised by PAS to discredit Dr Sam Hardy’s paper have said: “unreported finds are not damage, but at worst a zero-gain“! Really?! If something should be reported but isn’t, is that no loss to science? It makes a mockery of 20 years of pleading: “All archaeological discoveries have the potential to add […]

Metal detecting: should those in receipt of public funds downplay the damage? YOU decide!

Professor David Gill is withering about the recent PAS-organised attack on Dr Sam Hardy’s conclusions (that “laissez faire” doesn’t work and that more than 90% of British recordable detecting finds may be being lost to science) : “Their unconvincing paper made an attempt to dismiss Hardy’s careful research …Deckers et al. will need to revise […]

Metal Detecting: more than a whiff of orchestrated misinformation?

Two organisations and four foreign universities, all linked through a single project, have published a paper attacking Dr Sam Hardy‘s recent study. Three things they say might make you suspicious there’s an agenda involved: . First they say “it is wrong to simply conflate hobby detectorists [sic] with commercial entrepreneurs as Hardy does” But if […]