Every day I read a couple of twopenny, odorous archaeological blogs that never fail to give me a chuckle. That’s because these particular bloggers live and die to insult and belittle the detectorist/collector and stop at nothing to accomplish it. Lying, embellishing, misleading and making up their own facts and figures are just part of who they are.
They could of course find something else to do with their time. Something constructive, informative or maybe even useful (not that I don’t appreciate the comedy). Instead they lay on the horn, constantly pissing and moaning about our pastime. Well you know what? At one time I might have cared about or considered what they had to say, but now? Screw em!
I am quite aware that some of you reading this still want to find a way to work with the archaeological community and to that I say fine. Go for it. Good luck and please let me know how everything works out for you. Go to their events. Let me know how much THEY charge you listen to how THEY do things and let me know how much THEY charge you take off work and plant flags. Then let me know how much they are going to pay YOU to learn YOUR methods, to join YOUR relic hunt and dig YOUR finds. How much will they pay to learn from YOUR years of research and in-the-field experiences? I mean YOU gave up YOUR day, YOUR week, whatever, helping them. Surely they won’t have a problem doing the same for you….?
“Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out”……G.K. Chesterton
Well okay if they aren’t going to do that, then surely they will show up and defend you when you are trying to get that local detecting ban overturned. Well, er, no, probably not. Well,then maybe they will sit down, put pen to paper and amend those state archaeological laws that discriminate against you. Hmm, no I don’t think that will happen either. You see there is no give and take, no compromise! It’s their way or the highway and always has been, but hey if you want to go to work with them and for them, have fun. Just leave me out.
I often wonder why these same self-righteous and self-anointed archaeological dignitaries don’t share stories about those in their own field who go afoul of the law, but that of course would not suit their purpose, or in the case of one bat shit crazy, archaeo-blogger in Warsaw, please the folks that employ him. Likewise why don’t they aim their anger at those that build roads, shopping centers, airports, golf courses, dams, pipelines, strip-mines, waste dumps, military bases and firing ranges? And what about farmers. I mean hell they dig up soil all the time, surely damaging, if not destroying, historical artifacts in the process. Nah, the fish are too big there…so day in and day out they blast away with their derogatory portrayals of those who dare to enjoy a healthy, wholesome pastime. How small and how sad. What a life!