Many archaeologists consider metal detectorists looters who should not be allowed anywhere near their labs or dig sites, but McBride has a different view.
“It’s a real ongoing debate in the profession,” he said. “To what extent do we embrace hobbyists or amateurs? You’re not going to stop them so … join them.”
"Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground" is from the January 16, 2017 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Tyler J. Kelley and narrated by Caroline Miller.