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.
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