Recently, a band of French policemen entered the house of an ordinary citizen and seized many thousands of metallic historical artefacts which he had been privately caring for. In response, a group of French archaeologists issued the following deluded, anti-British statement in support of the police actions:

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Whole sections of knowledge of the past have thus been lost

Archaeology is a profession, the use of metal detectors outside the legal framework is prohibited

The State must guarantee the rights of future generations by transmitting to them a preserved natural and cultural heritage and will do everything in its power to prevent such destruction from happening again.”.


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Such elitist nonsense! Have they not heard that in Britain there are 27,000 metal detectorists plus thousands of visiting ones from France, Holland and the USA, and that nearly all of them report nearly all their finds to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and to the landowners, and that mass amateur metal detecting is therefore hugely beneficial to the country and humanity?

Or do they prefer evidence?

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