Sue has spoken to numerous reporters about this I spoke to this particular one, I stated please do not call us treasure hunters we are a group of metal detectorists OK she said,she then asked how much the coins were worth I said I didn't know but we would find out at a later date once they had gone through the treasure process [...] The coins will be going off soon as we have 14 days to actually hand them in, the farmer wanted to see them it's the least we could do.Poor reporter. It's an easy mistake to make. It's Treasure. They looked for it, found it, took it away, haven't even shown it to the landowner (wait a minute, are they used to just taking everything they find without clearing it with him first?), and are now wanting a reward no doubt. In fact, on that basis, it wasn't a mistake at all. Hunting treasure is treasure hunting in the School of Journalism.
But then, the forum in question is UKDN where fibs are a way of life (note in the comments to the linked thread the lack of any kind of answer to my question down the bottom).
The journalist says right at the bottom that you too can chat to a whole club of artefact hunters, "for more information about Amber’s Digs, which has some 65 members, visit www.ambersdigs.co.uk" and I invite all members of my blog to do precisely that. Register with a metal detecting forum or two and see just what it is they get up to and ask a pertinent question or two. See what reception you get.
Rachel Wearmouth, 'Durham group unearth 13th Century silver coins', The Journal Apr 11 2012
johnkarl 4:51 PM on 11/4/2012 First of all the group of people who found the Sutton bank hoard were NOT treasure hunters they were members of a detecting club. The metal detectorists who are all responsible people acted in the correct manor (sic) and all protocol was observed, we go out every week looking to save a bit of history that would otherwise be lost to the world, and it is a private club so you just can't log on, you must be a member to gain entry to the forum , and to be a member you have to be recommended by someone in the club, this keeps out the undesirables, hope this throws a bit more truth to the situation---KarlOh yes, Karl, it certainly does. You don't want people looking over your shoulders, that would be "undesirable". Amber's Digs, folks, the private artefact hunting club, pocketing your archaeological heritage and they don't want you watching.