On reading the story of the latest TOT-ring on another blog, hapless tekkie "Robbie" attempts sarcasm:
Rare silver ring By golly it was dug over in England!!!! By a metal detectorist ??? Why didn’t those archaeologists dig it up?? After all–they know where and what every single thing is located in the ground !!! And if you don’t believe me you can ask them — they will tell you !!! ;o)Well, will they? metal detectorists do not generally like to reveal their productive sites to other metal detectorists (that's why the PAS does not publish proper findspot location details on their database). But yes, more often than not the details of the location of archaeological sites are given in the public record, which is why the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club boyz were able to target the fields near where the Hallaton Hoard (one of Britain's Secrete Treasures' top fifty nationally important findspots) had been found to see what other valuable finds they can hoik out.
Robbie really does not get the idea of conservation, going by the way he applies it to the archaeological resource, he presumably thinks its about shooting all the rhinos' felling the rainforests and harpooning all the whales now. The conservation of the archaeological record does not consist of finding and hoiking out all the silver rings. I think there are a lot like Robbie in metal detecting.