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UK Antiquity Detecting Laws A Success

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In the United Kingdom instead of outlawing metal detecting for antiquities laws are designed to encourage and make use of proper metal detecting practices. More than 900,000 historically important items have been reported since the new law was instituted in 1997, including 8,500 designated as treasure. The law has "revolutionized archaeology" in the UK.


News article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25748576

Basic explanation of law http://www.dutp.org.uk/laws-on-detecting

More details http://finds.org.uk/treasure/

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 Wouldn't we love to see some common sense on public land when it comes to antiquities laws. I'm guessing that 90% of the folks detecting would be happy to document finds if they were were not punished for making those finds. As it stands now historic sites slowly get pilfered with no useful record and so our history gets pilfered also. Yes- I'm probably guilty with the rest of us. I do however work with the local museum.

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It just proves control of the detecting population is far more important than getting historical items out of the ground before they are destroyed water, rust and other elements.

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On 21/01/2014 at 5:32 PM, Steve Herschbach said:

Au Royaume-Uni, au lieu d'interdire la détection de métaux pour les antiquités, les lois sont conçues pour encourager et utiliser les bonnes pratiques de détection des métaux. Plus de 900 000 articles historiquement importants ont été signalés depuis l'entrée en vigueur de la nouvelle loi en 1997, dont 8 500 ont été désignés comme des trésors. La loi a "révolutionné l'archéologie" au Royaume-Uni.


Article de nouvelles http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25748576

Explication de base de la loi http://www.dutp.org.uk/laws-on-detecting

Plus de détails http: // finds. org.uk/treasure/

Bonjour Steve,

Et cette loi, ce Treasure Act on en rêve en France.  Mais malheureusement ce n'est pas demain la veille

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changing the laws requires a major change in our "culture".  Regulators love to control...that is their reason for existing...that is one of the things that needs to be changed...

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