Towards a Cooperative Approach to Hobby Metal Detecting: The European Public Finds Recording Network (EPFRN) Vision Statement

Andres S. Dobat, Pieterjan Deckers, Stijn Heeren, Michael Lewis, Suzie Thomas, Anna Wessman

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Abstract

Hobby metal detecting is a controversial subject. Legal and policy approaches differ widely across national and regional contexts, and the attitudes of archaeologists and heritage professionals towards detectorists are often polarized and based on ethical or emotive arguments. We, the European Public Finds Recording Network (EPFRN), have implemented collaborative approaches towards detectorist communities in our respective contexts (Denmark, England and Wales, Finland, Flanders, and the Netherlands). Although our motivations are affected by our national circumstances, we base our work on an agreed set of goals, practices, and visions. This article presents the EPFRN's vision statement and provides insight into its underlying thoughts. We hope to create a debate on how to develop best practice approaches that acknowledge the inherent challenges of hobby metal detecting while realizing its potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-292
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date3 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Keywords

  • citizen science
  • crowdsourcing
  • digital archaeology
  • finds
  • heritage protection
  • historic environment
  • metal detecting

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