As you may remember, we recently put up a poll on the website about metal detecting, asking "How could relations between archaeologists and metal detectorists be improved?" We've had a look through the results and it's been really interesting to see the mix of results:
Better education about metal detecting for those who want to get involved = 23%
Make it easier for the public to report finds = 6%
Acknowledgement of the good that can come from metal detecting = 10%
Find common ground, i.e. projects that all parties can work on = 48%
Stronger regulation of metal detecting = 13%
It can be seen from these results that there's generally a positive attitude towards metal detecting, with almost half wanting metal detectorists and archaeologists to work together. This suggests perhaps that there is definitely a place for metal detecting among archaeological projects!
If you're interested in learning more about this, we've recently published a couple of articles relating to this very topic. The first came in an interview with Tim Sutherland for our 'Digging through the profession of Archaeology' series, which can be found here: http://theposthole.org/read/article/245. The second came from Wil Engelen, a metal detectorist, in our February issue, which can be found here: http://theposthole.org/read/article/256. Why not take a look?