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Dear Colleagues,

Last week I warned that selling permission to detect on your land could seriously damage your finances. However, it’s far more likely you’ll be asked to allow rallies “for charity”. Here is a typical one a week ago:

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What’s wrong with that? Well everything actually, as The Journal first explained back in 2011 (see “Charity Metal Detecting Rallies – a racket exposed” – 6,100 views so far).

The main issue is that NO archaeologist approves of big rallies (ask them) due to the archaeological damage they do. Please remember that, whatever any rally organiser tells you. Plus, in the case of charity  rallies, double hypocrisy is used: “we’re only interested in history” and “we’re doing it for charity”. If they were historians they wouldn’t keep or sell the finds and if they were charity workers they would donate all the finds to the charity.

The truth of the matter is that paying ten or twenty quid entrance fee to dig sometimes very valuable artefacts up for your own benefit makes you neither an historian nor a charitable donor – nor a conservationist. What we’re really left with is archaeological damage enabled by false pretences.

Regards,

Silas Brown
Grunter’s Hollow
Worfield
Salop

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