For year, metal detectorists have been fighting the image many have of us as mercenaries out to dig up any profit we can, even if it means ransacking historical sites and destroying potentially relevant items in the process.
But I’ve met a lot of detectorists over the years and I’ve only met very few who were like that.That type of detectorist is easy to spot and I quickly walk away from them when I do run into them. I, and many other detectorists, don’t understand this type at all. The ones who place all the emphasis on earning money and less on the joy of discovery.
One of my favorite parts about metal detecting is knowing that I just helped uncover some little bit of history that had been lost.