Of course Warsaw Wally, a.k.a.Paul Barford, wannabe archaeologist, was upset and had to find something to discredit the find. Then again it’s in his DNA to piss and moan about anything and everything a detectorist finds or does so nothing new there.
I found this particular excerpt pretty much sums up how he sees things:
A metal detectorist chastises me:Paul […] The site would probably have remained undiscovered if not found by the amateur. Can’t you give the lad just a tiny bit of credit?
Not really. The point is not to discover site after site that there are no resources to deal with properly when the only threat to them are blokes with metal detectors. Get rid of the free for all that metal detectorists enjoy to engage in collection-driven stripping of the archaeological record and this problem would not exist. How many more chariot burials does this generation need? There’s the so-called ‘Arras culture ‘ to keep us busy. How many can we cope with?
Yes indeedy just leave that stuff in the ground until ‘someone’ has time to get around to it. Anything you say Wally!!
It’s interesting that Wally (Barford) continually complains about the PAS and UK tekkies yet moved to Poland years ago. He also refuses to share his credentials and one has to wonder why? Fortunately the majority in the archaeological community ignore him (along with his bosom buddy Heritage Harry). They are however always good for a laugh, just never try to share your thoughts or argue with either of them. It’s a waste of time and it’s time better spent finding the next chariot or something for them to complain about.
Jump in everybody, the water’s fine?
I used to think that the more of us there were the more powerful our voice, the more organized we’d be and the harder it would be to discriminate against us. I was wrong. Seems now that by advertising our finds, our adventures and enticing others to join our ranks we’ve created a problem of overkill or too many looking for too little.
It started with reality shows like American Diggers, Dig Wars, etc., and now it’s the self promoting YouTube videos and they’re symptomatic of another problem we’re not ready to address….the law of diminishing returns. Definiton – “A point at which the levelof profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.” Folks we’re losing ground, literally!
I mention this (again) because I went to scout out a site to take my grandson detecting. It was a small park that I had hunted before and one which on occasion would give up a silver coin or two. Now it sports a sign that says, among other things, “NO METAL DETECTORS”. A sign that wasn’t there a few months ago. Now I’m well aware that this is just one park, one site but it’s not a “one of” kind of problem. It’s happening all over and the answer seems to be “meh, I’ll find some other place”. Yup, some other place to use your shovel, leave unsightly holes, prompting another sign.
So damn glad I got to enjoy this pastime in its heyday!!
An oldie from November 2013
The Cost of our Toys
I was bitten with the treasure hunting bug eons ago and I became obsessed with it to the point where I lived, ate and slept it. I thought every beep was silver, and thankfully in the beginning a lot of them were. I subscribed to and read every metal detecting magazine on the market and then read them a second time.
I continually read the owner’s manual, just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, kept my detector ready to go and spent countless evenings passing metal items over the search coil so I could better understand their sounds.I likewise adjusted my work schedule whenever I could so that I could squeeze in a few minutes of detecting, and started keeping very detailed records, recording what coins I had found, the dates, mint marks, the location, the weather, what detector I was using and yes, if I could remember, even the settings. I would then study these notes as if they were dead sea scrolls. I was obsessed and enjoyed every damn minute of it.
Over the past 39 years I found a helluva lot of coins, some jewelry, a few relics, met lots of great people, got to travel to places I had only read about and spent a couple of years working for a major manufacturer. Today? I’m older, fatter, lazier and enjoy watching you all do those very same things. It’s a changing of the guard I suppose. Oh I still enjoy detecting, just at a less frequent and slower pace.
The investment was minimal and the returns great….
As I visit the various detecting websites, blogs and forums I can’t help but notice how obsessed everyone is today with their equipment. I know, you’ve heard me harp on this before but it baffles the hell out of me. Detectors, headphones, coils, pinpointers, swingey thingey’s, cameras and so on. I just wonder where in the hell you get all your money for this stuff, and if you wouldn’t be better off if you spent more time looking for places to use it. Kinda like “all dressed up and nowhere to go“. I understand your exuberance…just that I never had the deep pockets you all seem to have.
I look at the price of today’s detectors, pinointers, headphones, diggers, shovels, cameras and I am amazed. In the dark ages all I had to worry about was whether my detector had fresh batteries in it and where I would take it. I had a cheap pair of headphones, a screwdriver and carpenter’s apron, all of which probably cost me around $25. I was also pretty damn good at recovering a coin without leaving a trace and miracles of miracles, I didn’t have a pinpointer. Okay, okay, so maybe once or twice I had to replace the apron.
I am guessing here, but I am willing to bet that most of you reading this have spent “at least” $1,000 on your equipment…if not more. I also understand that times have changed, and that there’s a zillion other pastimes where one can spend the same amount of money and more. I also think that Tiger Woods would still shoot a pretty good round of golf with a set of clubs from Walmart.
A couple Nike quotes come to mind…
“You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for” and “just do it!”