A Spanish research group is preparing a proposal for the Conservation, Protection and Use Joint Call. The project consists of 2 parts: (1) aimed at the building of a device able to inhibit the waves emitted by metal detectors. (2) dedicated to convincing the various parties involved in the protection of the archaeological heritage of the need to act preventively They search technology providers, cultural organizations, end users and public authorities to participate in the project
The use of metal detectors and archaeology is a problematic issue. According to the legislation of each country, the use of these devices by non-archaeologists is prohibited, subject to licensing, or allowed. However, there are sites, which, because of their special scientific interest, public use, or any other reason, are legally protected, and free use of metal detectors should not be possible in them. However, people who make criminal use of metal detectors frequently skip this kind of 'red line'. Usually, at night, they go into protected archaeological sites to use their metal detectors to take items. This is what happens too often in many legally protected archaeological sites in Europe. Despite their gravity, it is difficult to find an effective response to these facts. Night surveillance would be a heavy financial burden to assume either by public or private owners of archaeological sites, in order to safeguard several hundred of protected archaeological sites. This problem affects all European countries. The current consortium composed of research group from the Department of Prehistory and Archeology (project leader) of an Andalusian University; an Andalusian Archaeological Complex (Junta de Andalucía); a Spanish Institute of Heritage Sciences; a Spanish Association for the Study and Defense of the Expolon and Illicit Traffic of the Cultural Heritage; the Department of Archeology, of a University of the UK; and, a Welsh organization that works to protect the natural, historical and monumental heritage. They work together in the research of metal detecting and archaeology issues. They have seen an opportunity to seek a solution to this problem in the “Joint Programming Initiative Cultural and Global Change: A new challenge for Europe (JPICH)” of the European Union, and specifically in the currently open call “JPI Conservation, Protection and Use”. Then, they propose a project of 36 months duration that consists of two parts: one aimed at the building of a device able to inhibit the waves emitted by metal detectors on a given surface. The other is dedicated to convincing the various parties involved in the protection of the archaeological heritage of the need to act preventively in order to better protection of archaeological sites. For the first part, expected partners are universities, R&D centres and SMEs that are either experienced in electrical engineering, signals and systems, to build and test a device capable of inhibiting the signal from metal detectors. On the other hand, they are looking for various stakeholders and end users, such as cultural organizations, public authorities, community groups (mainly users of metal detectors) and policy/decision makers. Previously, they have to raise awareness on this issue in those stakeholders. Moreover, this is not as easy as it looks. It is not only the transmission of their research outcome. Despite the gravity of the problem, it seems assumed that the only measure to combat this phenomenon is a police investigation, not preventive measures such as that they propose. Therefore, they must change that assumption using a story-based strategy. Please note that deadline for EOIs is 31 July 2019 and call deadline is 3 September 2019.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
They are searching for different partners to be involved in the proposal: First part: Experts in electrical engineering, signals and systems To design, build, and test an electronic device that would inhibit or hinder the transmission of metal detector signals within a specific radius of action. This device should be powered by batteries charged with solar energy plates and be vandal-resistant. Second part: Experts in Sociology, communication, public understanding of science Second part of the project: Design and develop a strategy of communication to change the assumptions held by stakeholders in the protection of archaeological heritage that hinder the development of preventive measures for the protection of archaeological sites, taking in to account the device that has been built.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
Please note that for this call partners should check the eligibility requirements for each of their countries.
Stage of Development:
Project in negotiations - urgent