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A link on a detecting site to our 500 detecting articles has had 3 replies:

  • Richard Lincoln: “Nigel Swift. A tosser who is only out-tossed by Paul Barford”. 
  • John Maloney: “well said sir”.
  • John Auld: “both are also regarded as tossers in archaeological circles”.

“Tossers”? For saying laissez faire detecting is damaging?! PAS says a high proportion of detectorists are challenged by formal education. Is that the reason for the self administered blinkers, the crass abuse and the threats? Perhaps, but one reality remains and can’t be insulted away: it’s not us who harm heritage for personal pleasure or profit! 

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