Yes, Lance and Andy dug right next to the fallen standing stone. Oh, PAS will you be writing to the BBC? Eighteen years of "outreach" seem to have got us nowhere at all. The writer of this series sees it as a perfectly normal thing to do. As I have always emphasised - artefact hunters target known sites.
|This one is on Wolves Farm Aldham St Mary 52° 3'32.37"N 0°58'42.05"E, |
the stone does not appear on Google Earth
Lance could have dug anywhere in the whole landscape - but the metal detectorist gravitated to the most visible antiquity marker in it, the known site. By hoiking this artefact out, he has removed any chance of establishing its association with other elements of this site. "With a fallen stone" is no provenance, and we can learn next to nothing from the find even if we know its findspot to eight or ten figures.
It seems from what a little birdy tweeted that in the Christmas special (already filmed) Lance's find ends up in the BM Treasure department. Will he get a LVA-PAS telling-off there? What about the Nazi gold he had in his hands a few episodes ago? Will he have reported that?