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Government signals mass metal detecting rallies to be banned – at last!

It seems the dislike of large rallies by PAS and others has finally fed into Government thinking. See the current Consultation about a post-Brexit environmental land management system. It contains aspirations that would make holding large rallies impossible: .. 1.)“The system will help us to deliver our manifesto commitment to be the first generation to […]

Farmer Brown: shouldn’t the main beneficiaries of detecting rallies be the landowners and the Public?

Dear Fellow Landowners, . Yesterday the Journal highlighted “The Surrey Council Premise” (i.e. any detecting rally should be run as a Council archaeological survey with participants having proven records of reporting and all finds being Council property).   But back in 2015 I asked a question about it that no-one has yet answered: “If that’s the […]

Director of CBA asks: “What do we do about metal detecting rallies?”

This week Mike Heyworth, Director of the CBA tweeted: “Off to the British Museum to chair meeting of the Finds Best Practice working group. What do we do about metal detecting rallies?” We suggest the answer depends if they wish to protect the archaeological resource. And landowners. Or PAS. For as the meeting participants will […]

Farmer Brown: “charity detecting rallies”, the damaging fiction no-one mentions.

Dear Friends, This week a bloke with a plastic halo and a large finds bag asked if I’d host a detecting rally “for charity”. I pointed out that he wasn’t the first and that every other detecting rally is now pitched to landowners and local communities as “for charity”, clearly to increase the likelihood that […]

“Charity Metal Detecting Rallies”: A racket exposed

by Nigel Swift. Detecting forum UKDN recently made a new rule forbidding reference to “sales of coins or artefacts on EBay”. They deny it’s to keep it from the public that many of them are engaged in selling finds but it’s hard to see how telling people to keep quiet about something isn’t keeping something […]

Running detecting rallies: it’s a living, innit?

“The vilest deeds like poison-weeds – Bloom well in open air”   The Keyston Metal detecting Rally took place a week ago adjacent to the busy A14 dual carriageway in Cambridgeshire and in full view of umpteen thousand passing motorists. It was on 200 acres of ridge and furrow pasture, the fourth time in a year Central Searchers have targeted such land, flouting the Code […]

Metal detecting: more rip-off rallies.

Do Central Searchers hold unacceptable rallies? No question. Knowingly detecting 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 sharing with the landowner (and leaving the detectorists alone to decide if things ARE worth £2,000!) Yet the Establishment won’t […]

Big metal detecting digs “just like organizing theft parties”

How refreshing! We’ve been saying it for years, big rallies are used for “findspot laundering” in which criminal detectorists can find objects in one place then “find” them at another, thereby depriving a farmer of his rightful share or concealing the fact they’ve been nighthawked. Now a detectorist has said it out loud: “I’m sick […]

#MetalDetecting, pork chops and blood money.

Someone has sent us a comment saying: “Some countries pay their blood donors….but the UK and the World Health Organisation say this is not a good method.” We agree, and by the same token offering treasure hunters, the option of a reward instead of voluntarily donating finds is also not wise for, unfortunately, more than […]

“Dane geld extra”: the reality of expanding the definition of “Treasure”

by Nigel Swift The UK is to revise the definition of treasure “to protect its rare artifacts“! That sounds like great news. But is it? People who keep and hide nationally important objects that belong in museums unless they are paid are to be offered even more ransoms? Wouldn’t “rewards” in such circumstances be better […]