NEW MESSAGE BOARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR YOUR THOUGHT'S......."NO NOT THOSE ONE'S YOU PERV'S" !!!
THE MUD GOD AND HIS MATE'S, ARE GOVERNABLE TO THE MUSEUM OF LONDON AND RECORD THOUSAND'S OF ITEM'S PER YEAR FOR PAS......"BUT HE'S STILL JUST A DETECTORIST" !!!........HANG HIM HIGH TONY !!!!
BURN HIM MICK !!!
"OH, YES"!!! AND HERE ARE THE TWO BIG R-SOLE'S (ROMAN SOLE'S !!!) I FOUND ON THE THAMES TWO YEAR'S AGO....
TIME TEAM'S TONY AND MICK !!!!
"THE ONLY GOOD DETECTORIST ???..........IS A DEAD ONE !!!!
READ WHAT "TIME TEAM" PUT'S OUT ABOUT DETECTING.......THIS GIVE'S A BIT OF A VIEW FROM MICK !!!!
Metal detecting: the 'treasure' controversy
One of the most controversial issues in archaeology today is metal detecting – which is how the South Carlton site was originally discovered.
At the extremes, there are two schools of thought. One holds that our heritage should be managed only by qualified professionals; the other says that it should be open (within minimal constraints) to everyone. Most people's views fall somewhere between the two, believing that our past belongs to all of us: highly qualified academics and armchair enthusiasts alike. The key is to manage our archaeological heritage responsibly. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on the same issues.
Although Time Team has done much to encourage the responsible use of metal detectors in conjunction with professional excavation, there are some professionals who will not use metal detectors as a matter of principle. It all harks back to the days of 'treasure hunting'. Though many detectorists now work closely with archaeologists, there is a huge market in artefacts for private collection and sale. This is directly opposed to the traditional archaeological view that artefacts should be valued by what they can tell us about the past and not by what they are worth financially.
Mick Aston has long been outspoken on this issue. He feels passionately that we have to respect our past, and has little time for those who take the cavalier approach of hunting for 'treasure' and digging up artefacts that lose most of their potential meaning when removed from the context in which they are found.
'You often get people who own metal detectors purely to find treasure,' he says. 'The problem is they find things and dig them up without any recording. We end up with a lot of objects completely out of context and then it's the archaeologist who has to come in and sort out the mess.'
What is Time Team's opinion of metal detectorists?
Detectorists have the potential to make a great contribution to archaeology if they work within the law and in conjunction with landowners, academics and field archaeologists. For example, the Hoxne Hoard was found by a detectorist who promptly reported it, saving many rare and delicate objects for conservation that would otherwise have been destroyed by the plough.
Time Team has benefited hugely, too. At the investigation at High Worsall in the 1998 series, detectorist John Bradbury gave us terrific assistance checking spoil heaps, and he found several medieval artefacts. And Tim Hand found many coins and the wonderful Roman brooch at Turkdean during the 1997 Live plus even more brooches when we returned there for the 1999 series. We couldn't have managed to investigate the huge site at Bawsey St James for the 1998 Live without the help of all the detectorists, who work very closely with county archaeologist Andy Rogerson. You can read one detectorist's account of his 'Weekend with Time Team' when he helped in the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in the 2001 series.
Detecting is now an established tool within the battery of methods open to professional archaeologists, and Time Team is happy to use it. This is especially so if it is carried out by local detectorists with particular experience of conditions in the area.
Unfortunately, however, there is a negative side. Any idiot can get hold of a metal detector. The irresponsible and criminal use of this little machine has greatly damaged the reputations of responsible detectorists. If all detectorists worked with local landowners and archaeologists, and recorded, reported and deposited their finds in their local museum, there would be no difficulties. Regrettably, the activities of a minority have made many archaeologists wary of all metal detectorists.
The importance of recording metal detectorists' finds is now recognised by the archaeological community, who have persuaded the government and the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance a voluntary recording scheme for detected finds.
THIS IS WHAT THE TIME TEAM WEBSITE GIVE'S OUT ON DETECTING !!!
WHAT DO I SAY......AND WHY HAVE I DONE THIS PAGE ????
BEING A DETECTORIST I SHOULD SLAG OFF THE TIME TEAM, AS GOOD OLD MICK ASTON AND TONY HAVE OFTEN GIVEN SCATHING ATTACK'S ON THE DETECTING SOCIETY.....OFTEN ON RADIO AND TV !!! THE TWO HAVE A LITTLE POP AT WHAT WE DO, WHEN EVER THE QUESTION OF METAL DETECTING ARISES !!!
HERE'S MY ATTACK BACK...........AND REMEMBER FELLOW DETECTORIST'S, IVE WORKED FOR THE TIME TEAM SO CAN COMMENT ON THE ABOVE..........IVE BEEN ON THE PROG, AND IT WAS............GREAT ???
PROFESSOR MICK ASTON IS A LEADING EXPERT IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND IS A TOP BLOKE IN WHAT HE DOES, AN EXCEPTIONABLE ARCHAEOLOGIST.............BUT REMEMBER HE'S "OLD SCHOOL" !!!!
TONY ROBINSON IS A GREAT PRESENTER.......SUPERB AT WHAT HE DOES AND WHEN YOU SEE HIM AT WORK ON THE SET........IS VERY FRIENDLY AND LIKED BY THE WHOLE TIME TEAM COMMUNITY........BUT REMEMBER THE "OLD SCHOOL OF THOUGHT" HAS STUCK TO HIS WELLIES TOO !!!
PHIL HARDING IS A GOD !!!.......WHAT A BLOKE......YOU COULD NOT MEET A GREATER BLOKE IF YOU TRIED !!! WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THIS GUY. TIME FOR EVERY ONE, A TRUE AMBASSADOR OF ARCHAEOLOGY...........AND "OLD SCHOOL" BUT THIS TOP MAN HAS TIME FOR DETECTING...... "IF, IT'S DONE PROPERLY" !!!!! IVE HEARD IT STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH.
WHEN IT BOIL'S DOWN TO IT.....HE SEE'S A PLACE FOR DETECTING IN ARCHAEOLOGY, HE MAY NOT BE 100% WITH IT....... BUT HE SEE'S A PLACE FOR IT !!!
THE WHOLE OF THE TIME TEAM COMMUNITY IS VERY TIGHT, AS THEY WORK TOGETHER YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT......THERE ALL VERY GOOD FRIEND'S, AND ARE TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL IN WHAT THEY DO.........
FORGET ALL THE CRAP ABOUT "THEY USE A JCB TO DIG HOLE'S" !!! THE GUY ON THE MACHINE CAN TAKE A 10 PENCE PIECE OUT OF YOUR POCKET WITH HIS GRAB, MAKE A TRIFLE......CUSTARD, JELLY AND A CHERRY ON TOP AND FEED IT TO YOU WITH A SPOON WITH HIS GRAB !!! (AMAZING TO SAY THE LEAST) AND CAN ALSO SCRAPE A FAG PAPER'S THICKNESS OF SPOIL OFF THE TOP OF A TRENCH IF NEEDED......A FRIGGING STAR, HE WAS UN-REAL !!!!
IVE HEARD THAT SOME DETECTORIST'S WERE BADLY TREATED ON SOME SHOW'S........NOT IN MY CASE, I WAS SITTING ON THE TABLE'S OF SOME OF THE MAIN STAR'S, AND ALL WERE CHATTY AND NORMAL.......A GREAT LAUGH !!!
THE PRODUCTION TEAM WAS TOP NOTCH AND ALL DAY LONG THE FACES BEHIND THE SCENES WERE BUSY AND PROFESSIONAL IN WHAT THEY DO.......BUT STILL HAVING A LAUGH ON THE WAY !!!!!
NOT MUCH OF AN ATTACK WAS IT !!!........HAS THE MUD GOD SOLD US OUT ???? WHY HAS HE EVEN STARTED THIS SECTION TO BE SO LIMP WRISTED ???......WE ALL KNOW TONY AND MICK GIVE US A HARD TIME.........WHY DOES'NT HE HAVE A GO BACK ????
AS I SAID THERE "OLD SCHOOL" !!! THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE.....IT'S LIKE YOUR NAN BEING PC CORRECT ON ISSUE'S......IT'S THE WAY SHE WAS BROUGHT UP....YOU CANT CHANGE THEM !!!
THERE'S A NEW WAVE OF ARCHAEOLOGIST'S OUT THERE WHO DO HAVE TIME FOR DETECTORIST'S, NEIL OLIVER'S A TOP GUY WHO SEE'S A PLACE FOR DETECTORIST'S IN ARCHAEOLOGY AS WELL AS JOBBING ARCHAEOLOGIST DAVID CONNOLLY WHO PUT HIS NECK ON THE LINE TO DO THE "WATER NEWTON RALLY" BRINGING ARCHY'S AND DETECTORIST'S TOGETHER.......
NOW I WILL HAVE TO HAVE A GO, AT LAST SUNDAY'S TIME TEAM (HENCE THIS SECTION !!!) "GOLD IN THE MOAT" !!!! AT CONDOR CASTLE.........
YOU NEVER SEE THE DECTORIST DO YOU ???........A PASSING GLIMPSE OF A OLD FART EVERY NOW AND THEN........IF THE SITE'S BEEN FOUND BY A DETECTORIST, YOU MIGHT SEE HIM TELLING HIS STORY AT THE START.....BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT !!!!
WHEN A PIECE OF POTTERY COME'S OUT OF TRENCH 1....OLD TONY SEZ "MAT'S JUST HAD A BIT OF BURNISH WEAR OUT OF TRENCH 1" !!!
WHEN A METAL ARTIFACT OR COIN COME'S OUT (DETECTOR FIND !!) THE ARCHAEOLOGIST IN THE TRENCH STAND'S THERE WITH IT, LOOKING LIKE HE'S FOUND IT !!!.......NO FRIGGING MENTION OF THE DETECTORIST !!!!
NOW TO THE GOLD NOBLE OF LAST WEEK'S PROG.........FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DIDNT SEE IT.........A DETECTORIST FOUND A GOLD NOBLE OF HENRY V IN A MOAT AND THE SET WENT WILD !!!! TONY SH*T HIMSELF !!! (AS WELL AS THE SHAKING DETECTORIST, WELL DONE MATE !!) BUT THEY HAD TO SHOW THE DETECTORIST, AS IT WAS A ONE AND ONLY FOR THE TIME TEAM (A GOLD COIN) !!!!
TONY SHOUTED OUT FROM A TOP OF A HILL, TO A LOAD OF ARCHAEOLOGIST'S "HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER FOUND A GOLD COIN" ??? THEY LOOKED UP AND ALL SHOUTED "NONE" !!!
THEN AT HOME WATCHING TV.......30000 DETECTORIST'S STOOD UP AND SHOUTED "WELL GO AND BUY A FRIGGING METAL DETECTOR AND YOU MIGHT FIND ONE" !!!
HOW CAN SOMEONE SO AGAINST DETECTING GET SO EXCITED ABOUT A DETECTOR FIND.......YOU COULD SEE IT IN HIS FACE, AND ALL THE REST TEAM.......THE DETECTORIST MADE THE PROGRAM FOR SURE !!!!!
AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS..........TONY, YOU GOT THE FEELING THAT EVERY DETECTORIST GET'S WHEN HE MAKE'S A FIND !!!......YOU LIKED IT !!!......I SAW IT IN YOUR FACE !!!. TRY AND KEEP YOUR OPINION'S OF WHAT "YOU THINK" METAL DETECTING IS ALL ABOUT TO YOURSELF (AND YOUR OLD SCHOOL CHUM'S TOO) AND TRY AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN DETECTING TODAY !!!!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TIME TEAM OR TONY AND MICK ??? STICK IT ON THE BOARD AND TELL THE WORLD !!!.......COMING UP FOR 40000 HIT'S SOON !!!
ALSO PUT DOWN HOW YOU RECORD ON THIS SECTION, AND WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO IMPROVE ON HOW WE WERE (IN DETECTING) SAY TWENTY YEAR'S AGO.......GO ON TURNIP YOU START US OFF !!!!
TIME TEAM IS A SUPERB PROG WHEN IT BOIL'S DOWN TO IT !!!......BUT MICK AND TONY, YOU ALWAY'S USE DETECTORIST'S ON ALL YOUR SHOW'S !!! THEY CONTIBUTE TO SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING FIND'S ON THE PROG (WHEN YOU HAVE FIND'S, THAT IS !!!), SO NEXT TIME YOU HAVE THE OLD "NIGHTHAWK COME ARCHAEOLOGY WRECKER'S" OUTBURST ON TV AND RADIO.......JUST REMEMBER......THESE TWIT'S ARE A VERY VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF OUR HOBBY.......WITH THE MASS PERCENTAGE OF DETECTORIST'S DOING IT ALL BY THE BOOK.......TAKE TIME OUT, AND LOOK AT P.A.S......IT SEZ IT ALL !!!