Since a 1997 change in UK law, metal detectorists in that insular realm are reporting ever more finds to the authorities.
David Lammy, the minister of culture, said that metal detetectorists who spend days scanning newly ploughed fields in the hope that a beep will lead them to buried treasure, are doing a huge service to Britain’s cultural life.
“Metal detectorists are the unsung heroes of the UK’s heritage. Thanks to the responsible approach they display in reporting finds and the systems we have set up to record them, more archaeological material is available for all to see at museums or to study online,” he said.
But I always sing to the detectorist heroes I work with. Link.
Thanks to Johan Carlström for the tip.