[For more on Dr Hardy’s conclusions put “Sam Hardy” in our search box].

It’s no secret we think it’s a scandal that detectorists don’t report more of their finds but it’s sometimes hard to convey the sheer scale of the loss. But this might put it into context:

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Poor Egypt! 33,600 museum worthy artefacts have been lost over 50 years! On the other hand, on the basis of Dr Sam Hardy’s calculations, in Britain over the past 42 years it seems that about 38 million recordable artefacts, vast numbers presumably museum worthy, haven’t been reported by detectorists and have therefore been lost to the public and science. Aren’t actions, not soothing selective words, urgently needed?

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