|Making off with the loot|
Desforges said many of the "pillagers" come from the UK and France's other neighbouring countries to hunt for archeological treasure and sell it abroad. "In Normandy and part of northern France a lot of English will come over with metal detectors and scour the battle fields from the First and Second World Wars. It is the same along the border with Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany where these people will cross into France to search war battlefields and take what they found back to their country," he said. Every time something is dug up, Desforges says, "France loses part of its history and heritage each time."Who are you Scunthorpe, and why are you apparently trying to use my blog for your immoral and illegal purposes? Just because you can do it in North Lincolnshire, you cannot do it in Limousin. If you try, I hope they catch you and jail you pour encourager les autres. And maybe, just maybe, it would be helpful if the PAS were to have on their vestigial "public outreach" website a word or two what UK members of the public, reading about the "great successes" of metal detecting in their own country can expect to happen if they try to engage in the same archaeologically destructive larks in almost every other country they might visit on holiday. That would seem to be a way the PAS can inform the public about portable antiquities issues, so the wider public gets some money's worth from that fifteen million quid.
See also here: PACHI Thursday, 12 June 2014: 'Archaeological Pillage in France: Le Monde'.