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The Complexities of Metal Detecting Policy and Practice: A Response to Samuel Hardy, ‘Quantitative Analysis of Open-Source Data on Metal Detecting for Cultural Property’ (Cogent Social Sciences 3, 2017)

Pieterjan Deckers
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Published Online: 2018-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2018-0019


In his paper ‘Quantitative analysis of open-source data on metal detecting for cultural property’, Samuel Hardy suggested that permissive policy is ineffective in minimizing the damage done to cultural heritage by non-professional metal detecting. This response paper contests the basic assumptions upon which this analysis is based. While Hardy‘s comparative, quantitative approach is laudable, it is founded in a biased and simplistic outlook on the metal detecting phenomenon.

Keywords: archaeological metal detecting; heritage management; public archaeology


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Received: 2018-03-16

Accepted: 2018-05-16

Published Online: 2018-06-21

Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 322–333, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2018-0019.

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