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Few can be unaware of the massive world wide efforts The Stonehenge Alliance has made for so long to prevent further damage to Stonehenge. Not because they are paid. Not because they have a vested interest. Purely because they believe it is right that this generation shouldn’t bequeath a damaged Stonehenge landscape to future generations, long after they and all of us have passed away.

There are few more worthy – or taxing – struggles and there is no more vivid illustration of their dedication than appeared this morning: the deadline for registering to object was midnight last night and they could be forgiven for taking a well earned rest. Yet here they are at 9.00am this morning tweeting that they’re at the  Planning Inspectorate’s office waiting for it to open!


We’re now in the Planning Inspectorate’s waiting room. In roughly a fortnight we will know how many representations were compliant. But the signs so far is that our World Wide Team #SaveStonehenge has done rather well. THANK YOU everyone who has objected and supported us thus far.…/a303-…/



The family of a detectorist who has passed away has appealed on a forum for other detectorists to come and identify his 400 finds, much like those shown below. Which is strange, because surely detecting finds can all be instantly looked up on the Portable Antiquities database where they’ve been fully documented by experts. That’s the whole point of Britain’s system isn’t it?

Or is it? No-one will ever know if his collection or the many collections like the ones above were reported and documented along with their find spots. But one can guess. The fact the images were hastily removed when highlighted suggests the forum moderator knows the answer. Of course, PAS will tell you most finds are reported to them so images like this and hundreds of thousands of others are not to be fretted about..

Unless you ask them in private!


[Thanks for this to Paul Barford.]



More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting


January 2019

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