Random Postings & Brainfarts

A LITTLE ADVERTISING NEVER HURTS

Hope by now you are all familiar with the website Detecting Diva.  If not check it out.  I know the Diva, a.k.a. Detectorista, and she is one very good treasure hunter.  She puts many of the guys out there to shame, and will rub it in if she gets the chance.

Her kids recently created the following auto adornment for her, and I thought it was pretty cool…

Diva

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MORE CLUB NEWSLETTERS

Passing on a few more newsletters that I found interesting and well done.  If you are following the Cook County situation, there’s additional information  in the Midwest Historical Research Society’s latest.  Likewise if you are interested in the forthcoming “Go  Minelabbing” event be sure to check out the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club’s newsletter.

SOUTH JERSEY METAL DETECTING CLUB

MICHIGAN TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB

MIDWEST HISTORICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY

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FEEDBACK ON THE CITIZEN ARCHAEOLOGY PERMIT

Found the responses to this issue on the Florida Public Archaeology Network site, and thought I would pass them along. Scott Clark offered up a few suggestions, but it appears the responses here are what I call “preconceived” or “canned”.

Responses  to the FPAN statement concerning the Citizen Archaeology Permit

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A FOLLOWUP TO MY COMMENT ABOUT TASK FORCE WEBSITE

I usually share my website and blog updates on a few Facebook related sites, as well as a couple of forums. As a result a couple of individuals noticed the “Ceritification”  program on the updated Task Force site, and commented as follows “I’ve got mine (printed certificate)” and the other, “now I can dig anywhere”. 

Both comments were in jest of course, but I do think the Task Force needs  to explain that the printed ceritficate or card does not really entitle anyone to anything.  That was my point when I said I was not sure just what it would certify you to do.  I understand the intent of the TF, but I think a little clarification is in order. JMO.

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JOHN HOWLAND AND MORE ON THE PAS

John Howland sent along an interesting update on the Portable Antiquity Scheme, and I think you will enjoy it.  He indeed likes to rub it in too whenever he gets the chance. To read John’s latest contribution click on the Malamute Saloon link above and scroll down to today’s date.

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12 Comments

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12 responses to “Random Postings & Brainfarts

  1. They should remove that “certification” stuff from their site asap. The goal is CREDIBILITY not a token card that has no meaning. A NATIONAL certification program with educational sessions about laws, archaeology, preservation and reporting sites with written exams and field tests would be a good start.

  2. John H

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the Task Force, and the UK’s NCMD for that matter, to first define following CONSULTATION what ‘metal detecting’ means; its aims, methodology, and terminology. Then we all can decide what we are being asked to sign-up to, and pay for. Credibility comes not from certification or diplomas – archaeologists with PhD’s are no less tempted to thieve artefacts than anyone else, and do!

  3. In the UK, membership of the NCMD costs! But I’ve yet to see the hobby of Metal Detecting defined. Currently, its all things to all men…maybe that’s how it should stay? I don’t know.
    Put down that Merlot and try again. Cheers!
    Bless your heart.

  4. Robbie

    Archaeologists taking artifacts ???? How can that be??? They always leave them in the ground because they can’t find them–even after “testing” the areas with their scientific based excavations…;oP

  5. Scott

    Their reply was pretty lame… “Thank you for reading the blog and for sharing your idea, and for your support of protecting our state’s archaeological heritage.”
    …. talk about phoning it in. If you’re going to run a blog, you need to be ready to ENGAGE with people. Ugh!

    • Yep. That’s what I thought too…canned replies for sure. Given it’s the state of Florida it’s doubtful anything can really be affected there, but I may be wrong. I hope I am.

  6. Dave McCarthy

    I love how the moderator of that blog just blatantly ignores anyone who isn’t on board with their ideals .. It’s never going to get better between the two sides when they are being ignorant like that. Very sad ..

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