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Metal Detecting and Archaeology

Lookup NU author(s): Suzie Thomas, Professor Peter Stone OBE


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The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologist and metal detector users over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detector users need to be seen as a threat, or as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland, and Germany, where metal detector users have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research. With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions critical to the development of a long term relationship between the two groups.

Publication metadata

Editor(s): Thomas S, Stone PG

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Heritage Matters

Year: 2009

Volume: 2

Number of Pages: 224

Publisher: The Boydell Press

Place Published: Woodbridge, Suffolk

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781843834151