Last week we pointed out how the Treasure Registrar was whitewashing detectorists. In the 7 days since then (to correspond with the Treasure report perchance?), they (and a FLO) have laid it on even thicker….. 

  1. “Thanks to finder Paul Williams for generously waiving his reward”
  2. “Thank you to the publicly spirited finder for waiving his reward”
  3. Well-done to the finders…. who’ve waived their entitlement to a reward”
  4. “Thank you to those publicly-minded individuals!”
  5. very kindly donated….”
  6. “the finders donated this, too
  7. “”the finders donated to the British Museum – thank you ever so much!!!
  8. “have graciously waived their reward”

Obsequious or what! “Public spirited”, “kind”, “generous”, “gracious” – for not taking money from the public for handing over the public’s property as required by law! There’s nothing public spirited or gracious about that. Plus, there’s never a word about the fact the great majority of detectorists don’t waive their reward and often appeal to get more.

If anyone can show how this isn’t clear evidence of the Establishment spreading fake news and misleading the taxpaying public about the true nature of metal detecting in Britain ….  we’ll publish it!

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Banbury-based environmental sculptor David Gosling and his son Adam have just completed a new temporary sculpture at the Rollright Stones of Three Fairies Dancing, reflecting one of the many folklore legends associated with the Stones. The sculpture is inspired by William Blake’s painting Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare may well have known the Stones as they are close to the old road from Stratford to London. Some of the numerous folklore legends date back to his day or earlier. It is said that the Fairies come out to dance round the Stones at night. They would emerge from a hole in the rock at the bottom of a former quarry by the King Stone.

(A few years ago witches were also spotted there)

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YOU decide. Throwing Bears Ears open for commercial exploitation and lobbying for a massive new road across the Stonehenge landscape are both deliberate shrinking of the extent of the protected areas. But it’s not hard to see which is worse:

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Dear Fellow Landowners,

What would YOU call these well known detectorists on a public forum:

Allectus: “Has the farmer got a machine with a ditching bucket (they usually have) he/you can use? …..If he has, that’s the way to go mate.”

“Cheers A, I’m meeting the farmer on a Saturday, he says he might put the plough through it next week for me. Didn’t think about asking him to given a deeper dig, I’ll see what he says.”

“Allectus is right mate, as a first port of call try and get the farmer to scrape 6″ off at a time, depends how interested he is if he will do it or not, and how much you can tell him it might be worth his while”.

Nectardetector: “Well found mate it’s sum buzz isn’t it ingnore all the bad comments you did it pal and nobody can take that away congrats”.

bleepybloopy (British by Birth – English by the Grace Of God)
Not to labour the point here, but nobody here is advocating any deeper digging with without the presence /advice/agreement of the FLO are they? ”

“Yep, I am!”.

OK, these are greedy selfish ignorami who are never going to be educated about not vandalising archaeological layers. But why on earth has PAS not educated every farmer?

Regards,

Silas Brown,
Grunters Hollow,
Worfield,
Salop

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The European Council for Metal Detecting (a British inspired organisation formed to persuade Europe to adopt Britain’s metaldetecting regime) has just taken on a new member, ”Pro Detectie” from Romania. It’s bizarre, to say the least, given that Romania’s law says:

> All finds older than 100 years are to be surrendered to the relevant authorities within 72 hours.
> Selling a find is a crime and it is punished by prison time.

We can very safely assume that no British detectorists would countenance the adoption of such a responsible, heritage friendly policy.

So the question arises, how will the European Council for Metal Detecting integrate their new Romanian members? Will it lobby for Romania to abandon its protection regime (which will be impossible) or for Britain to adopt the Romanian system (which will also be impossible)?

The suspicion must arise that the European Council for Metal Detecting is a blowhard organisation that can’t achieve it’s aims.

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Also, please support Rescue’s plea regarding post Brexit archaeology  which relates to another part of the same British tragedy.

by Alan S.

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to commit some of my site visits to video. Since moving to Cornwall earlier this year I’ve had limited time to get out and about, but am slowly putting together short films of some of the sites I’ve had the opportunity to visit.

So without further ado, here’s the first in the series, featuring the Men an Tol. Enjoy!

Look for more videos, coming soon!

It’s a fact that the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Registrar always publicise the times when detectorists indicate they don’t want a reward (almost invariably a footling amount so why even mention it?) whereas they don’t make it clear that the vast majority of detectorists grab the money however large or small (and even appeal in the hope of getting the “ransom” increased.)

The reason, presumably, is that they want to give people the idea that detectorists are fine fellows. Goodness knows why, when most finds aren’t reported and are lost to science, so they can’t be fine fellows they must be acquisitive and damaging. Or is logic not allowed when discussing the effect of the great majority of the 24,000 British artefact hunters? Now the Treasure Registrar’s mania for whitewashing (at taxpayers’ expense remember) has broken the bounds of factual accuracy (to put it gently). Look at this tweet:

‘Tis the season for giving: thank you to finder for waiving his right to a reward for this Roman silver ring, now in the collection of

The season for giving? What, the season to give Britain what Britain already owns? Waiving his right to a reward? Yet there is no right to a reward. It’s purely discretionary. Why go beyond praising some of Britain’s most acquisitive  people and give the public the impression they have a right to act like they do?

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Paying farmers £1,000 for access isn’t the only new metal detecting innovation. In Essex the “charity rally” wheeze has been improved. Local freemasons have been persuaded to approach farmers instead of the detectorists (presumably to lend a greater air respectability to the proposal). However, let no-one doubt who the intended winners of the proposal are: “Finds with a potential value of under £500 would remain the sole property of the finder”.

It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if all the conservation bodies warned farmers that those nice, charitable freemasons are unaware that:

1.) Rallies, whatever their form and whoever proposes them and whether for charity or not, are likely to damage heritage.

2.) The vast majority of finds found will be worth under £500 so almost everything that is ever found, despite belonging to the farmer and totalling millions of pounds a year, will go to neither the farmer nor the charity but will be pocketed by the detectorists.

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