I was watching an old Time Team special that, I thought, neatly summed up the two opposing parties in the conflict between amateur enthusiasts and professional scholars. Ultimately both sides have their points and neither seems to be more right than the other. It is worth a watch as it also shows how much cloak and dagger style shenanigans go on in the seedy world of history.
This issue is all the more relevant at the moment due to the number of hoards and treasures being found and sold for staggering amounts of money. Who knew history could be so profitable? Not the scholars that’s for sure.