The AIA has put American metal detectorists in its sights with its protest of two new TV shows, “Diggers” and “American Digger,” on the National Geographic Channel and Spike TV. See http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/8256
Instead of acting like archaeological snobs, why doesn’t the AIA take a more positive approach and work with the show’s producers to encourage American metal detectorists to properly record their finds and share any significant information they find with the archaeological community?
The AIA might not like it, but with some very limited exceptions, people can do pretty much what they want on their own private land. It’s the American way.