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A Detectorist’s Utopia? Archaeology and Metal-Detecting in England and Wales

Michael Lewis
  • British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Published Online: 2016-10-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2016-0009

Abstract

Archaeologists in England and Wales have a long tradition of liaising with metal-detectorists, particularly following the reform of Treasure law and advent of the Portable Antiquities Scheme - a project to record archaeological finds discovered by the public. Although this process of dialogue has been seen by most as productive and mutually beneficial, there still remain issues that divide archaeologists and detectorists. This paper will highlight some of these with a view to possible solutions.

Keywords: archaeology; metal-detecting; heritage protection; best practice; treasure, museum acquisition

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About the article

Received: 2016-03-04

Accepted: 2016-08-19

Published Online: 2016-10-14



Citation Information: Open Archaeology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2016-0009. Export Citation

© 2016 Michael Lewis. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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