I continue to be amazed at how many detectorists think we should continue to bridge the gap, and find a way to work with archaeologists. Not that’s it is not a noble effort, it’s just one that is a waste of time.
Archaeologists have no desire to work with you or me, and only see us as amateurs and impediments to their efforts. You see they have been to universities, have diplomas, and because of that, have more credibility when it comes to “playing in the dirt”. All we can boast is years of in-the-field” experience. Likewise we apparently have no morals, or scruples….this from a Texas A&M website:
“Treasure Hunting, always shallow, no matter how low treasure hunters can sink”
“You can say expert-treasure hunter instead of burglar if you like. Some of them do. It’s all the same to us!”
Likewise another page on this site provides a little more insight into their fondness for us…..
When will we wake up and realize that further attempts at being accepted or understood are futile, and frankly they love it when we come groveling, looking for acceptance. Yes I know about the few joint efforts in the past, and frankly each of those was nothing more than token on their part, or to be more to the point, they were throwing us crumbs (“when you receive a signal, call one of us and we will mark the spot…do not attempt to remove the object“)
Years ago when I started the FMDAC I was intent on becoming friends with the archaeological community. I wrote to the various organizations, subscribed to a couple of their publications, and we even had a couple of archaeologists speak at our Atlantic City events. Their seminars wound up being nothing more than a promotion of their profession, and bored the hell out of everyone. No mention at all about a coming together of parties (despite my request and their acceptance that it be the topic). That was forty years ago, and nothing at all has changed today.
If you feel that continued attempts to work with them will eventually prove fruitful, have at it. If you, do be careful what you say, what you agree to or what you sign. I wish you luck, and please let me know how things work out. Just remember I warned you….
After pissing into the wind a few times, you learn quickly to turn around…..
CHANGES & HAPPPENINGS AT WWATS
Received an email from Keith Wills, and he states that while he is not 100%, he is feeling better, and thanks all those who sent him cards and emails. He also offered the following:
I am now the vice-president of WWATS as Wayne “NuggetBrain” Peterson has been moved up to President. Because of my illness I have passed on this position to Wayne, and it has been approved by the board. Wayne is very experienced and will lead WWATS to many successes in the future. WWATS is under reconstruction at this time to make the the organization more effective in defending your rights. Please checkout the www.wwats.org and become a Charter Member.I also want to alert you to our biggest outing yet, February 4th-8th 2013, in Congress, Arizona. It’s going to be unlike any event you have ever attended. You will come away with a better understanding of where we are today, and you will learn more about our pastime in the process. It will also be an opportunity to see the latest and newest equipment for prospecting and treasure hunting. Yours truly will be there doing seminars.
For more on this big event, click HERE!
Was asked to be a guest on The American Digger’s Relic Roundup, December 3rd, and unless they flag me for obscenity or something similiar I will be there. I will do my best to make it a good show, and hope you will all tune in. Ask me anything you like….I probably won’t answer, but what the hell, go for it….
Actually I am very honored that they asked me, and while I don’t get out much anymore, I will share my fuzzy thoughts and ideas, and hopefully in the process help you be a better detectorist. Keep in mind however that I am not a technological wizard, but more of an old fart who has been there, done that, and learned the hard way.
Thanks Butch and Anita for the invite….hope I do well by you, you are two terrific individuals….