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.]



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