Short biographical information:
During my PhD research I experienced the unrealized potential of metal-detected artefacts. Since finishing my PhD (2014, Brussels Free University), I have been involved in setting up and coordinating the development of MEDEA, an online platform for the voluntary recording of detector finds in Flanders.
While my research focuses on the archaeology of the southern North Sea region during the Early and High Middle Ages, I have a keen interest in the backgrounds of metal detecting, not in the least the reasons why professional attitudes and approaches towards the practice vary so widely across Europe.
List of publications:
Deckers (forthcoming) Legislation, policy and practice of a hobby: archaeological metal detection by amateurs in Flanders, in S. Campbell, S. Thomas & L. White (eds.) Competing Values in Archaeological Heritage, Springer.
Deckers (2014) ‘Productive sites’ in the polders? ‘Griffin brooches’ and other early medieval metal artefacts from the Belgian coastal plain. Medieval and Modern Matters 3: 21-43.
Deckers, R. Backx, J. Van Ranst & J. Dils (2014) ‘Metaaldetectie van vroeg- en volmiddeleeuwse sites: miskend potentieel?‘, Archaeologia Mediaevalis 37, 36-38.
Deckers (2013) Past, present and future of archaeological metal-detecting by amateurs in Flanders (Belgium). AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology 3, 13-17.
Deckers (2012) Everbeek Roman Silver Hoard. Trafficking Culture Encyclopedia