It gives us great pleasure to welcome Austria as a new member of European Council for Metal Detecting. Austria will be represented in ECMD by Netzwerk Geschichte Österreich, nationwide organisation formed in 2011, which concentrates its activities on cooperation with Austrian and international archaeologists, organises its own research projects, as well as takes part in those organised by universities, academic institutions etc., and publishes a yearly magazine. It also describes itself as “charitable, independent, innovative and non-political, committed to a sustainable and future-oriented access to the Austrian cultural heritage and preservation of its past.” NGÖ is also closely connected to ArchaeoPublica and 10 other cooperative organisations throughout Austria. It is interesting to note that many members of NGÖ are active archaeologists, who hopefully will be valuable allies in promoting and establishing international standards of responsible metal detecting. The organisation is very active in the field of cooperation between metal detectorists and archaeologists and heritage protection, promoting archaeology with countless volunteer activities, supporting the official participation in Austrian historical research and offers a variety of opportunities for active participation to its members. We look forward to working very closely with our Austrian friends.
Photos: Netzwerk Geschichte Österreich.