I received the following article from Jim Meaney, librarian for the
Massachusetts Treasure Hunting Club and thank him. Good article, and I hope you will read it….
After reading it I wanted to share my thoughts (Like my autograph, you can take my thoughts/views along with 10$ and get a cup of coffee at Starbucks).
A quote from the above article….
“It wouldn’t work here,” said Chris Espenshade, a consulting archaeologist for Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group in Michigan. “It’s contrary to our culture.” It’s the mindset of “It’s my property and I’ll do what I want” and an American individualism that expresses itself in “no trespassing” signs”.
Mr. Espenshade’s comment pretty sums up the way it should be because people like him are against anything resembling the PAS here in the US, and until they change their mind, nothing at all will change what it is we do and how we do it.
We are detectorists or if your prefer, treasure hunters, and we should not be discriminated against for wanting to enjoy a healthy pastime just because people like Mr. Espenshade think we are stealing history. Ironically what history we do find is history that would have rotted in the ground if not for our efforts. They know this, and it really pisses them off.
While our country’s history is young compared to the UK, there’s no reason at all a PAS like program couldn’t work here when it comes to relics. If a detectorist is hunting a Civil War area site, and finds a rusty rifle, or belt plate, might they not be more inclined to share it with the local museum if they were to receive fair compensation (small as it may be)?
There are a great many detectorists who already donate finds without any monetary reward, but how many more would there be if a program like the PAS existed? And come on now…any compensation would be a pittance compared to that paid in the UK.
So it seems to me the next move is up to the archaeological community. Our side has begged, groveled and bent over backwards to work with them to no avail. The next move is most definitely theirs. They can continue to make accusations, bitch, piss and moan, or they can decide to accept us and work with us on a level playing field. We are not going away.
As for me.? I am not holding my breath….
TREASURE HUNTING AMERICA VIDEOS
A Big thank you to Roger Horrom, president of the Midwest Coinshooters for the following link. Lots of good viewing ahead …
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