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A question if you please
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Hi all, my name is Andy Baines and I'm a keen metal detectorist.

I run a blog located at www.diaryofadetectorist.blogspot.com which has a bit of a debate going on at the minute.

I'm sure you are nearly all aware of the constant criticism detectorists get from a man called Paul Barford, well the debate started due to Paul saying detectorists are damaging the archeological record by only removing metallic items from the top soil. An anonymous commentor calling himself Steve joined the debate and made a claim that professional archaeologists on a dig often use a mechanical digger called a 360 to scrape and remove the topsoil (up to 50cm) and put it on a spoil heap. He says this is done to allow archaeologists to get to the items they want to document and is the cause of not enough funding or a tight time scale. Now obviously if there is any truth in these comments it means that metal detectorists who find and record items from the topsoil are actually helping the archaeological record instead of hindering it.

What I was wondering is if this is true or not? Is mechanical excavation a used technique?

I hope by putting my blog link i have not broke a forum rule ? If so please delete the link and i will rely your comments from here to the readers of my blog.

Kind regards
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A question if you please - by bainsey - 21st March 2014, 08:17 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 21st March 2014, 09:43 PM
A question if you please - by Responsible Detectorist - 21st March 2014, 11:11 PM
A question if you please - by bainsey - 21st March 2014, 11:13 PM
A question if you please - by P Prentice - 24th March 2014, 12:21 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 25th March 2014, 01:13 PM
A question if you please - by RedEarth - 25th March 2014, 01:21 PM
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A question if you please - by BAJR - 25th March 2014, 03:04 PM
A question if you please - by RedEarth - 25th March 2014, 04:16 PM
A question if you please - by GnomeKing - 25th March 2014, 07:39 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 25th March 2014, 08:15 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 26th March 2014, 07:52 AM
A question if you please - by Responsible Detectorist - 26th March 2014, 09:59 AM
A question if you please - by bainsey - 26th March 2014, 10:46 AM
A question if you please - by P Prentice - 26th March 2014, 12:13 PM
A question if you please - by Responsible Detectorist - 26th March 2014, 01:21 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 26th March 2014, 06:35 PM
A question if you please - by Responsible Detectorist - 27th March 2014, 10:32 AM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 27th March 2014, 10:38 AM
A question if you please - by Marc Berger - 27th March 2014, 11:00 AM
A question if you please - by P Prentice - 27th March 2014, 11:56 AM
A question if you please - by Marc Berger - 27th March 2014, 01:00 PM
A question if you please - by P Prentice - 27th March 2014, 02:54 PM
A question if you please - by archaeologyexile - 27th March 2014, 10:01 PM
A question if you please - by Marc Berger - 27th March 2014, 10:17 PM
A question if you please - by archaeologyexile - 27th March 2014, 10:44 PM
A question if you please - by Marc Berger - 27th March 2014, 10:49 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 27th March 2014, 11:21 PM
A question if you please - by Mike.T. - 27th March 2014, 11:25 PM
A question if you please - by Marc Berger - 27th March 2014, 11:25 PM
A question if you please - by BAJR - 27th March 2014, 11:51 PM
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A question if you please - by Wax - 28th March 2014, 09:31 AM
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A question if you please - by P Prentice - 28th March 2014, 04:09 PM
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