See the recent evidence of it. Now there’s more: publicity for the first time about the total paid out to detectorists. “Payday for metal detectorists … The life of a metal detectorist can very well pay off, it seems. The average treasure find reported to the authorities and valued last year made £2,671, it has emerged, a total value of £643,683 across 241 items.”

A big change of tone. Up to now the Treasure Registrar has spent years lauding the minority who refuse a reward. Now it’s less about “heroes”, more about “treasure hunters”. Also, the Treasure Registrar has just hosted the curator from the (much more financially modest) Danish “Danefae” system for …. “a great knowledge exchange“!

It looks very much as if, in anticipation of likely post-Brexit austerity, there’s a concerted effort to convince the public that rewards should be reduced. Which is mighty ironic since most detectorists seem to have voted for Brexit!

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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