The recent postings here about the archaeological hoarding in Northern Ireland seemed to touch a nerve, and I want to thank John Howland for bringing them to the forefront. Extremely irritating and hypocrisy at it’s finest!
So are John and I anti-archaeology? For the most part yes, but we are willing to listen to the other side (with two exceptions of course) and it better be in a conciliatory tone. Condescending attitudes, lies and doubletalk won’t cut it anymore.
John and I first met back in the early 80’s and it was the result of both of us having to deal with individuals & organizations that wanted to put our pastime out of business, he with the NCMD in the UK and I with the FMDAC here in the states. It’s now 30 years later and we’re still working at it, albeit in print and online. If you are interested in why I feel the way I do read my September blog post titled Archaeologists…My Take.
Have things changed with regards to us versus them? Somewhat, thanks to Lisa MacIntytre, but not near enough for me to say I am optimistic. Lisa has at least given me hope that recent and forthcoming archaelogical graduates might be more willing to reach across the aisle. I hope so….unfortunately I probably won’t be around to see it happen.
I found the following articles pertinent and worthy of passing on. Enjoy…
Note the statement in the last article….”It does not accept items collected from private land, nor will it take collections that don’t have good archaeological field records” …i.e., no detectorists!
THE STORY OF THE SS GAIRSOPPA
John has been on a tear of late doing what he does best….exposing the hypocrisy within the opposing camp, but this time he shares the story of the SS Gairsoppa and the Odyssey Marine Exploration Group, who was not only responsible for recovering it’s treasure but for also sharing a percentage of it with the Royal Mint in the UK. To read more click on the Malamute Saloon link above and scroll down to today’s date!
Looking forward to a little hoiking this weekend….