Ferguson, Natasha (2016) Lost in translation: discussing the positive contribution of hobbyist metal detecting. Open Archaeology, 2 (1). pp. 115-126. ISSN 1475-5270

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Abstract

This paper will consider the positive contribution from hobbyist metal detecting from both the
perspective of the archaeological and metal detecting community. Are we currently opting for a path of
least resistance with a ‘better than nothing’ approach to encourage reporting and to maintain good working
relationships, even if it risks the loss of valuable archaeological information? Using selected case studies, as
well as the results of a recent research project, this paper will draw on the perspective of both archaeologists
and hobbyist metal detectorists to further understand what it is to have a responsible and constructive nonprofessional
interaction with the archaeological record.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archaeology, professional, non-professional, treasure trove system, hobbyist metal detectorist, heritage management, artefacts, positive contribution, responsible practice, recreation, engagement.
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 08:30
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2082

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