Metal detectorist John Winter apparently wants to help his fellow detectorist hoard-finder Paul Coleman sell the country's cultural heritage back to the public whose heritage it is, perhaps he'll be joined in this by the landowner who profited from selling tickets to a commercial rally so outsiders could loot a known site with earthworks preserved in pasture, at great cost to the country's buried archaeological heritage. He suggests that tekkies "HELP SAVE THE HOARD".
Remember, only after it has been formerly declared ‘Treasure’, will the County Museum have the opportunity to acquire the hoard, but it won’t be free [unless it is decided that in the case of careless destruction of archaeological information in its hasty recovery, the discretionary reward will be witheld, and the public collection can obtain the hoard for free] . The final value hasn’t yet been decided. but it’s likely to be substantial. The Museum will be able to apply for much of he cost as grants, but still need to raise a significant amount locally.[...] The coroner’s inquest is being held on the 2nd November 2015.Only in Britain would a "substantial" reward be offered for damaging the archaeological record on a known archaeological site. Here in Poland you'd go to jail for it (the archaeologist too if she'd failed to get the permit paperwork done before she began digging, or at least she'd never work again if that video came out showing the standard of excavation done on that permit). It strikes me that a few more jail sentences in the UK might get artefact hunters thinking a bit more carefully where their responsibilities really lie.