Lost in Translation: Discussing the Positive Contribution of Hobbyist Metal Detecting

Natasha Ferguson 1
  • 1 Treasure Trove Unit Officer, Treasure Trove Unit, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1JF


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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