From Twitter this week …

Prof Alice Roberts@theAliceRoberts on Twitter: “I’m in a field of wheat, filming one of the archaeological discoveries of the CENTURY. And I’m not allowed to say what it is or where I am and it’s KILLING ME! All will be revealed as Digging For Britain returns to @BBCTwo later this year. #DiggingRoadtrip#D4B9


One of the answers is so clear hardly anyone bothers to state it or express concern about it any more. Indeed, PAS has been saying things are improving for 23 years while they have become progressively worse.

I’m old enough to remember when archaeologists could dig in a field with little fear the site would be ransacked by ruffians the next day.

If the forthcoming reforms to metal detecting aren’t aimed at getting back to those days they will be reforms in name only.

More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting