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Metal Detecting in Finland - An Ongoing Debate

Anna Wessman
  • Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Museology. University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 59, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
/ Leena Koivisto
  • Satakunta Museum, Hallituskatu 11, 28100 Pori, Finland
/ Suzie Thomas
  • Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Museology. University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 59, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Published Online: 2016-08-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2016-0006

Abstract

This outline article presents and critiques legislation as it affects the metal detecting hobby and the archaeological profession. It considers some of the ways in which metal detectorists themselves have caused controversy but also positive news in relation to archaeological heritage in Finland. A selection of examples of collaboration based on the authors own experiences is presented, also the impact of metal detecting on material culture and archaeological research. The continuing object-oriented focus of both metal detectorists and the media is identified. New collection and engagement strategies could enhance archaeological research, while engaging this particular section of the wider public.

Keywords: metal detectorists; collaboration; collections; find location; legislation

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About the article

Received: 2016-03-21

Accepted: 2016-07-19

Published Online: 2016-08-17



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