Warning – resurrectionist post – I needed to let off steam in April 2013. So what poked my particular goat with a sharp stick and enraged it so? Something had to be done …

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If you need a reminder, Derek McLennan was the finder of the Scottish Viking Hoard that has dominated the local, national and foreign media this week.

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Ray’s Parker Token

13 October 2014 — 7 Comments

Recently I received an email from my Aussie friend Ray Swinnerton, containing a copy of The Fossicker, the newsletter of the Geelong Prospecting club, also in Australia.

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Whorl2The blog about Sarah the Spinner and the ubiquitous spindle whorl proved to be very popular. Books on the subject are few if non-existent. Rather like some detectorists, archaeologists don’t seem particularly interested either. Yet, I find them fascinating!

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What follows is the resurrection of a blog originally made in 2011, and then lost. Part 2 will be published later.

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In the last couple of weeks I have been banned from a metal detecting forum, received an email that said, “there is something about you that I don’t like “, told that my writing is “crap”, and seen advice to members of a site not to click on any of my links because they may contain a “trap” and might ‘ravage your computer’. No wonder I have an inferiority complex.  :-)

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*** PRESS RELEASE ***

From Andy Long, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Adviser for English Heritage …

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The BBC4 website attracted a lot of attention in February when it was announced that Mackenzie Crook was filming a comedy series in which he plays a ‘wannabee archaeologist’. The comments on online detecting forums ranged from how the show might be very entertaining and worth watching, to how it would be detrimental to detectorists and the hobby.

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