Personal coach Norman Kennedy has been mentioned here before, he seems to have a vendetta against people that talk about artefact hunting frankly and openly, now he is threatening to have me deported. Like that's going to happen, in Poland we lock people up for metal detecting and stealing archaeological artefacts, seriously. For more on Mr Kennedy (or is that "Bush"?) see an earlier post here. Now he writes:
As usual Paul Barford tells lies, says he lives in Poland and makes comments of no truth about Metal Detecting
in the UK.
Question should be asked" why do you live in Poland?
Why do you tell constant lies about metal detecting in the UK.
Why do you down talk about the good people of the UK who go metal detecting.
Why do you cause so much trouble.
I am going to ask the polish goverment if you are wanted.....you are wanted in the UK for liable.
If what Paul Barford is saying about artefact hunting , the artefact trade and a whole range of issues surrounding portable antiquities false then it is perfectly simple for the metal detectorists to demonstrate that. It is called debate. There should be open public debate about the way the archaeological heritage is being treated as a resource. I see my blog (open and public) as one element of that debate. Metal detectorists shut their words between each other away on forums which the public are blocked from seeing, and where they write anonymously using pseudonyms. That does not facilitate either debate with them, nor dialogue.
The only time they address the comments made by preservationists, is to call them "lies". But without stating the facts which they see as showing they are lies. They expect people to accept that what they say is true and what preservationists say is necessarily false. I say people should be able to look, consider both sides of the argument and the way they are put, and make their own minds up.