|The empty promise of the PAS|
Is this not an issue that should be of concern to responsible metal detectorists and written about and discussed in a magazine of this type? What is meant by responsible detecting anyway, just dig into something and let somebody else sort out the mess while the finder gets a pat on the back for shooting fish in a barrel? How much do commercial artefact hunting groups make from organizing events like metal detecting holidays for steely-jawed ex-US servicemen? How much of those profits do they pay into the emergency funds of counties where they operate to offset the substantial costs incurred in finishing the job properly?Does Mr Winter discuss any of this? Of course not, he's a metal detectorist and that l;ot are quite happy to get on digging up whatever takes their fancy, leaving somebody else to pick up the bill - raising once again what we understand by "responsible detecting".
Oh, and talking of the PAS, they got a wiggle on when I pointed out that several weeks after it had finished, the "Creslow [Americans] 4-11.10.14 rally" had produced only three finds, now they have 212 recorded - 160 (75.4%) of the finds handed in for recording were coins. That is 30 recordable finds a day. Presumably only after they received the finds back could the organizers start applying for those export licences for the finders.