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I recommend today’s article by Paul Barford, suggesting that TV programmes that encourage more metal detecting extend the inability of PAS to cope and hence the amount of heritage loss to all of us.

There’s a parallel irony: since 2016 PAS has been appealing to detectorists for financial support and the current total raised is only £1248 – from 27,000 detectorists! That’s 4.5 pence each.

Compare that with the cost of PAS, the payment of Treasure rewards, the rally fees, and profits, the expensive machines, the sales on eBay, the limited reporting of finds, and the inability of PAS to cope already and it’s hard to see how Britain isn’t already having the extreme piss taken out of it. Surely making no more such programmes would make financial, archaeological, and academic sense?

More please, we’re British!

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