Around some metal detecting sites on the net there is a lot of debate going on regarding Archaeology vs Metal Detecting. I do find these debates interesting and am a frequent visitor to them. I always come away with a bit more knowledge and understanding about the issues at hand. There don't seem to be a solution in the near future on how Archaeologists and Detectorists can coexist, though in my opinion Detectorists are making more of an effort to achieve this as some ideas put forward from some responsible detecting sites are good and I think a step in the right direction.
I have no answers myself, I can understand both parties points of view and like most detectorists and I hope archaeologists, would like to see a solution where everyone is happy. Will it happen, that remains to be seen. Although I have only been detecting for a couple of years as far as I can see this debate has been going on for years with no concrete answers and I can't help feeling unless something is put in place soon then our hobby of metal detecting could be in danger of ending.
As I said, I am interested in this debate and surf the net a lot about it looking for answers, maybe looking to see if there is a solution at hand only to find there isn't. The debate just goes on and on, sometimes turning into slagging and mud throwing matches which can be entertaining sometimes and even amongst these slagging matches there can be found some good points of views.
Now what brought me to make this post was earlier I was surfing the net regarding this debate and came across an old thread on the Treasurenet Website. Its dated April 03 2009, so just over five years old but a good read. Although its an American site and they have different laws regarding metal detecting there, It relates to about the same thing we are debating now here in the UK. In that forum thread there is a lot of points of views, all done in a respectable manner with 'hardly' any mud slinging. Some of you may have already read it but worth another look as you never know, you may pick up on something you may have forgotten, those who have not read it before its sure worth a read. So instead of copy/pasting quotes from the site I have given the link at the end of this post so you can read the whole thing.
Some of the input on that thread opened my eyes a bit more and has helped me to understand why there is still no solution. Have a read, you never know, it may give you some answers or at least get you thinking about a way forward.
The link to the thread is: treasurenet.com/forums/general-discussions