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The admission that big commercial detecting rallies are malign: 5 questions not addressed in The Times!

A new definitive official stance is born (see yesterday): “Most detectorists at commercial metal detecting rallies don’t report finds”. Allelujah! But now for some questions: 1. Since that has been blindingly clear in PAS’s own statistics for 20 years, why has it taken till now to admit it to the readers of British Archaeology and […]

At LAST! Britain condemns detecting rallies!

Michael Lewis, Head of PAS and Mike Heyworth, previous Head of CBA, have condemned metal detecting rallies, first in British Archaeology and now in The Times. The tone is far stronger than the current pulling of punches on the PAS website. Well, Hurrah! But for many years we’ve published HUNDREDS of articles begging for that […]

Instant confirmation that “licensing” of metal detecting rallies would be a damaging farce.

The proof is in this message from the organiser of yesterday’s rally (and today’s and Wednesday’s and next Saturday’s): , “Great 1st day back today , Hope you all enjoyed yourselves, Well done to the finders . The Flo link for this event is Wiltshire Team Wil Partridge Finds Liaison Officer for Wiltshire Telephone: 01722 […]

Shropshire and Gloucestershire locals being put at risk today by two commercial detecting rallies.

Weekend Wanderers have canceled today’s metal detecting rally in Hampshire because it’s easily accessible from London (Coronavirus Zone 2,  High Risk). The organisers say they cannot go ahead with digs “until we feel comfortable that we are doing the right thing.” By contrast, Let’s Go Digging and “Sovereign Metal Detecting Rallys” (sic) are holding digs […]

Metal detecting rallies: “seedbeds of human generosity”!

Maybe it is these words from an academic that have led Rotary International to be the main suppliers of land for detecting rallies: “Empirical studies increasingly testify to the capacity for archaeological and cultural heritage sites to engender wonder, transformation, attachment, and community bonding among diverse individuals… these sites have the power to ‘enchant’ and, […]

Rotary Clubs: enabling metal detecting rallies and causing massive heritage damage!

Rotary Clubs are by far the biggest hosts of Charity detecting rallies. (“Rotary club” + “metal detecting” gets you 15,500 Google hits). It’s due to the kindness of their land-owning members, unaware of the heritage damage, and that the main beneficiaries are the detectorists, who keep the finds, not donate them. Last year Dunmow Rotary […]

Is now the time to announce commercial detecting rallies will NEVER resume?

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. […]

Are metal detecting rallies: “seedbeds of human generosity, ethical mindfulness, and care for the world at large”?

An academic writes: “Empirical studies increasingly testify to the capacity for archaeological and cultural heritage sites to engender wonder, transformation, attachment, and community bonding among diverse individuals…… Following political theorist Jane Bennett, these sites have the power to ‘enchant’ and, in so doing, they are seedbeds of human generosity, ethical mindfulness, and care for the […]

Farmer Brown: a ticklish question – are metal detecting rallies fully insured?

. Dear Fellow Landowners, Last week a chap asked if he and 500 chums could hold a detecting rally on my farm “for charity and Britain”. I support both so I said yes, if you’re insured. He laughed and said “Definitely. Through the National Council for Metal Detecting. For £10,000,000“. But last night, down at […]

For the avoidance of doubt: charity detecting rallies ARE a complete racket

To clarify yesterday’s article, hundreds of farmers annually give permission for metal detecting having been told it’s “for charity”. Yet the finds never go to the charity, they go to the detectorists. In our 2011 article “Charity Metal Detecting Rallies: A racket exposed” we showed them up for what they are: If communities are dead […]