Zu unseren aktuellen Schatzregal-Beiträgen
passt gut die Buchbesprechung von Derek Fincham:
Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas and Peter G. Stone (Heritage Matters 2). Pp. x + 224,
figs. 59, pls. 7, tables 3, maps 6. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, England 2008.
$95. ISBN 978-1-84383-415-1 (cloth).
Archaeologists have a healthy skepticism
of the practice of metal detecting. This edited
volume attempts—with varying degrees of
success—to temper this skepticism. […]
In summary, this collection offers new insights
into the tension between segments of
the public and archaeologists; it describes the
damage metal detectors can do but also notes
how they can enhance serious scientific study.
The positive examples discussed may help
change the widely held perception in the heritage
community that all users of metal detectors
are looters. Some certainly are—and this collection
of essays acknowledges that fact—yet
if we paint metal detectorists with too broad a
brush, we risk losing the assistance of skilled
and dedicated volunteers who can offer a better
understanding of sites and their contexts.