The Complexities of Metal Detecting Policy and Practice: A Response to Samuel Hardy, 'Quantitative Analysis of Open-Source Data on Metal Detecting for Cultural Property' (Cogent Social Sciences 3, 2017)

Pieterjan Deckers*, Andres Dobat, Natasha Ferguson, Stijn Heeren, Michael Lewis, Suzie Thomas

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Abstract

In his paper 'Quantitative analysis of open-source data on metal detecting for cultural property', Samuel Hardy suggested that permissive policy is ineffective in minimizing the damage done to cultural heritage by non-professional metal detecting. This response paper contests the basic assumptions upon which this analysis is based. While Hardy's comparative, quantitative approach is laudable, it is founded in a biased and simplistic outlook on the metal detecting phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-333
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Archaeology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Published Online: 2018-06-21

Keywords

  • archaeological metal detecting
  • heritage management
  • public archaeology

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