If you’ve ever read a detecting forum, you’ll know a huge number of detectorists say “my farmer’s not interested in seeing my finds”. It’s strange. Farming is now very demanding, surely very few hillbilly farmers are left? However, one of the Chew Valley Hoard finders may have revealed a possible explanation:

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Not bothered by “a pile of old muddy coins“? Maybe. But what if he’d been told they were worth millions? We think it would be a different story and who knows, he may well have insisted they stop digging until the archaeologists arrived. In our experience, and maybe yours, dear reader, the average farmer is a lot smarter and far more cultured than the average treasure hunter else they’d be out of business, so why not?

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Are there really a huge number of uncultured, irresponsible farmers? Has PAS outreach not reached them?

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