As we recently pointed out, for many years nighthawks have had at their disposal far deeper-seeking machines than were used by the original finder or during the two subsequent archaeologist-organised searches. The implications are clear. But we’ve heard not a word from officialdom (even though in 2012 they wrote asking us to keep them informed).

Now we have something else to tell them: 23,700 detectorists on the largest detecting page (X% of whom aren’t saints) have just been told they can buy a simple clip-on gizmo on EBay, the ” Firefly Stealth Device“, which stops their machine making a noise, and is useful for those who wish to detect at night. (The Geordie oik selling them would say they’re not meant for nighthawking but if so why market them as stealth devices?)

Do the authorities care? Or is it easier just to jubilate to the public about the recovered hoard and not admit to them there may be loads of it still in the field being gradually harvested by criminals?

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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