Detectorists from 11 European countries have just had two treats in Norfolk (courtesy of the unfragrant “European Council for Metal Detecting”): a huge rally where they helped themselves to Britain’s history and a conference where they discussed how to persuade their own countries to allow the same. So possibly Britain’s most humiliating detecting weekend ever! 

Compare and contrast Farmer Silas Brown’s (notional) rally in 2015. He copied “the Surrey Council Premise”: Applicants will be considered to be part of an ongoing archaeological survey and will in particular be expected to have a proven track record in reporting and recording. Finds would normally remain the property of the County Council”.

Great idea, holding a metal detecting event in the national interest, but shock horror, he reckoned no-one turned up! “I was left with scores of prawn sandwiches and not a history lover in sight.” A real mystery, Or is it? It seems that until Britain decides to regulate detecting rallies it will continue to be damaged and humiliated.

.

.

__________________________________________

__________________________________________