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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time…
It is a tale
Told by an idiot,  full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

At the risk of labouring a point that needs labouring urgently…. we thought it reasonable to point out that our Artefact Erosion Counter  hasn’t stopped but has ticked remorselessly onwards since we last highlighted it just two weeks ago.  Today it shows an ADDITIONAL eleven thousand artefacts  having just been removed from our fields, mostly un-recorded, thus depriving the rest of us of the associated historical knowledge forever.

It is said (guess by whom?) that the Counter is grossly inaccurate (guess in which direction?)  We are unconvinced. All it is saying is that an army of ten thousand enthusiasts have found barely more than half a recordable artefact each per week in the past two weeks. Or maybe that half of them stayed at home and the other half found a couple each over the past fortnight!

We don’t think that’s unlikely at all, bearing in mind the number of people involved, what they say on their forums, the massive weekly offerings on EBay, the decades of sustained enthusiasm, the numerous rallies they attend, the vast numbers of metal detecting magazines sold and the millions of pounds worth of detecting equipment that is marketed by a large number of specialist manufacturers and retailers. In fact we think it is beyond the bounds of credibility that the hobby flourishes on the basis of fewer finds than the Counter suggests. We also think that if the true figures were a tenth of that it would still be a disgrace and that it is very wrong, uniquely British (as is the apparent official support it is given) and simply shouldn’t be happening.

Good old BBC news, up with the birds and in deepest Wiltshire, reporting that the Solstice went very smoothly at Stonehenge last night…

A record crowd of about 36,500 revellers has welcomed the dawn of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.

The number of people attending the event caused roads in the area to become gridlocked in the hours leading up to sunrise at 0458 BST.

Druid ceremonies took place alongside music and Morris dancing, however overcast skies obscured the sun.

Police praised the crowd and said there had been only 25 arrests for minor disorder and drug offences.

Sam Edwards, from Wiltshire police, said: “We are very pleased everything went to plan.

“The atmosphere has been very good, especially around the stones.”

BBC news here

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