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No-one can deny PAS has pulled its punches on metal detecting for 20 long, damaging years. Now in its new “Advice to Landowners” it has done it again. It has enabled not just responsible individuals but also heritage-damaging ruffians and plain thieves to get onto the fields. So we’ve un-pulled their punches (in red). The forthcoming discussions on reform of metal detecting should surely ask the simple question:

Why has PAS not properly informed farmers, the ultimate gatekeepers of Britain’s heritage?

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  • Metal-detecting can add value to archaeology but mostly doesn’t, ask PAS!
  • & contribute to our understanding of the past but mostly doesn’t– ask PAS!
  • It is not regulated but should be, ask PAS!
  • So landowners should have written agreement with finders –although that has never prevented stealing from landowners – ask PAS!
  • and should ask that archaeological finds are recorded with the PAS, although most aren’t – ask PAS!

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