Only in America? http://austindiggers.com/digfest2009.html Take a look at the pictures. Awful (though perfectly legal).

Not like British metal detectorists, who are small in number, do no harm, don’t run “pay farmers to let thousands of us gather to strip land of finds and keep them for ourselves” rallies, never dig deeply or into undisturbed archaeology or sites, faithfully report all they discover, don’t sell hundreds of thousands of items on EBay, do it for us not them and are deeply admired throughout the rest of Europe.

Or is it?

Someone should tell the British archaeological resource how lucky it is to be being removed, most without anyone being told, by our local heroes compared with what happens to the one preyed upon by the unspeakable Austin Diggers!

(And guess what? The same dealers buy vast quantities of stuff from both places!).