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Detectorists are lobbying hard to be allowed back. But now is the perfect time to more than halve the cultural damage their activity causes by announcing there will  never be a resumption of the worst element of their activity, massive commercial rallies. As PAS says:

“Most archaeologists think metal-detecting rallies can be damaging to archaeology. Often random, searching takes place over a large area of land, and it is almost impossible for archaeologists (when invited) to make a proper record of all objects found.”

In addition, despite “token” charitable claims most rallies are money-making machines, often run appallingly, e.g. holding them on sites where damage is caused, refusing to take professional advice to desist and allowing participants to keep non-Treasure finds worth up to a massive £2,000 without even showing them to the landowner. So the question arises: what benefit are rallies other than to enrich their organisers and why should they ever be allowed to resume?

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Will PAS now advise the Government to never allow a resumption of shameful scenes like this? (No need to say it out loud, just say it).

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More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting
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