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A foreign archaeologist has asked to republish the chart (see below) from our 2014  article. Start at the bottom and all will be clear. It lays out (for any foreign countries thinking of copying the UK’s system) how to get the public to think recreational depletion with inadequate mitigation is in the national interest.

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Let’s hope it’s widely read elsewhere – and urgently in Sweden. There, detectorists are calling for a British style free-for-all plus the setting up of  “an organisation tasked with researching and recording finds” (at a cost of £1.3 million!) which would also provide “employment opportunities for the many Swedish archeaologists forced to work part time”!

But any other country contemplating whether to move from strict regulation of metal detecting to a laissez faire system on the British model ought to convince itself that the above chart is complete nonsense, a fiction by know-nothing members of the public. Good luck with that!

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