Thursday 12 September 2013

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "Werf a bit m8"

Over on a metal detecting forum near you, a "finder" happily informs fellow metal detectorists that he had made what he thought was a significant discovery, a "meteorite" (pugwart - Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:55 pm) - only about 20 are known from England. ("it measure's approx 4" x 4" x 2 1/2"...").

So what do think the reaction was? Congratulations on a new addition to the body of knowledge? Suggestions that it should be donated to scientists to study properly? or something else? The first three consecutive posts -
Christoph1945: "Whoooo!, cash in d bank? What's weigh?"
Fishermansam: "If you can get it 'Authenticated', it'd be worth an absolute fortune"
AdrianP: "Some collectors pay quite a bit for those if the 'Meteorite Men' program is anything to go by"
AdrianP : "No idea where to sell but it looks like prices start at approx $0.50 per Gram....!!! So, at that weight, it you can get it confirmed as a genuine meteorite then it could be worth a few quid"


Unknown said...

If they're so rare, how come they're readily available to buy off the internet? Surely scientists should be studying these too?

There you go.

Paul Barford said...

Does something have to be rare to be of scientific importance? Surely the point made in this blog is precisely the opposite. Besides, there is not one sort of meteorite, some are relatively common, others less so.

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