By “British desease” we mean our detecting free-for-all in which detectorists alone advise farmers whether detecting on their land is OK. Swedish detectorists want Sweden to emulate us by specifically prohibiting archaeologists giving expert advice to farmers. And they’ve started a petition calling for it!

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The title is pure spin. It’s not to help them “save history”, it’s to enable them to detect without archaeologists telling landowners when it would cause damage. “Help us cause damage” would be a more honest plea – for why would anyone want to keep experts from giving advice unless they had something to hide?

Predictably, many British detectorists are supporting it – and that fact  alone should be sufficient warning to the Swedish authorities to ignore it.

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