Restrictions on the use of metal detectors vary from country to country. In England, they are too lax. In Sweden, they are too strict. In Denmark, they are pretty much just right. As I’ve written before, I think everybody would stand to gain if the Swedish restrictions were eased. My idea is that we should treat metal detectors as hunting weapons: anybody who can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of rules and best practice should be licenced by the county authorities to use the instrument, and then allowed to continue doing so until they prove unfit. (Currently, all amateurs are considered unfit by default).
In the forthcoming summer issue of Fornvännen, I’ve got an opinion piece on this matter. Andreas Hennius tells me that the Swedish National Heritage Board is hosting a workshop on crimes against cultural heritage law in Gothenburg next week. So I’ve decided to put a pre-print of my piece on-line (in Swedish) to offer, perhaps, some food for discussion.