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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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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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healthy envy. In Spain we are considered spoilers of heritage. With the laws we have only serves to remove the amateur, the professional spoilers continue in their tasks

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Here on the treasure coast of Texas if they don’t put you in jail for detecting on National Sea Shore. That’s the name they being Texas put on it in 1968 after they ran a Treasure Company out. Oh on the jail part they put you under the it!

The State took everything away from them and like said ran them off.

It’s known for sure it’s three ships with treasure on them. I have a map showing where and showing what the treasure hunters found.

I’m sure people hunt it but I don’t know any .


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Some of the written word in some of the articles looks quite promising but alas things are not quite as rosy In the real world,  archaeologists still resent metal detectorists and label us as thieves  along with other names unless detectorists are making them look good, and when we donate items to the museums they very rarely list the finds as found by a Detectorist when displayed suddenly we become "amatuer  archaeologists" I know when good finds have been made that certain respected  archaeologist salt the area with washers to stop people detecting there, I have also seen them do it on national television,

I have an area where I know something is there because 7 years ago I kept finding roman and medieval coins where many others had failed so I used google earth and saw shapes/patterns in the ground and I also found roman tiles too, I don't want to stir up a hornets nest because the farmer does not want to know what is found there and he does not want archaeologists coming up and digging up his crops, many years ago there was another ancient find in one of his fields and he lost his field for about 4 months,

I know what is there and if I find it then all I can do is bury it deeper, I mapped the place and logged everything with a GPS and I have Ariel photos of it, But I would rather walk away from it, It won't get detectorists any more respect leased of all my self and the valuation committee are too long winded and take for ever,

I know that there is an offerings pit there as well because I have found a few rolled up pieces of lead with prayers/curses written on them which the Romans use to write messages to their Gods and they would also throw in coins as an offering in order to bribe their Gods favour.


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J; I know nothing is perfect , but, compared to the laws in the USA  things look pretty good over there. I have friends that go on organized legal hunts there. They have, to my knowledge always got their goodies-sooner or later...

all you could get here is misery and trouble if things went south. ( I don't know why south is a synonym for bad)


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