Well for starters we once again we hear the archaeological mantra “It’s important that those items sit in the dirt”.
I don’t know about you but I am damn tired of hearing this. It gets old real fast! Let them sit in the dirt for who and for how long? The highway crew? The shopping mall developer? The farmer? The tornado, hurricane or flood? Jeezus I just don’t get it.
Apparently we are supposed to stop enjoying our pastime and wait for archaeologists to discover that particular piece of ground, that particular area of interest, then request the funding they need to excavate it and… if we’re lucky somewhere down the road whatever they find just “might” show up in a museum exhibit where we can see it. On the other hand my best guess is that whatever they recovered would be stored in a drawer, waiting to be labeled or else deemed redundant and not worthy of public display.
Then when referring to the show “Diggers” there’s this comment… “It promotes people treasure hunting and unfortunately theydon’t give the proper message. It teaches folks that it’s OK to go out and find this stuff and sell it. It’s teaching people to go out and steal from the public.”
Well yes it does promote treasure hunting and what the hell is wrong with that? Likewise just what is that “proper message” Mr. Halford is referring to? I also resent his use of the word “steal”. It’s totally uncalled for and just wrong. Do detectorists sell their relics or historical finds? Most every tekkie I know does not but that is not to say it doesn’t happen. Then again do archaeologists ever sell items they’ve found? I suspect they do but don’t wait for them to share that little secret with you. After all that would be “stealing” from the public too wouldn’t it?
Folks I am telling you we must find a way to counter this kind of misleading BS and we better start soon. We are treading water and losing ground every day. I’ve talked before about the need for a viable and very strong national organization and I won’t harp on it again. I am 73 and whatever happens to the pastime won’t affect me that much.