Regton's sell metal detectors. They proudly show a 360 degree shot of the inside of their shop. Nigel Swift spotted this on the wall.
This can be seen as a quick prompt how to find somewhere to test out the machine you've just bought on some known ('productive') Roman sites just up the road. Artefact hunters do not "find new sites" as often as they strip out for their own use what is left of known ones. Anywhere else in Europe such sites would be protected, in Bonkers Britain anything goes. Now look at the PAS database for the number of Roman finds reported to the Scheme from these sites.
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If artefact hunters are following the pointers given by Regton and detecting these sites or their close vicinity, they are not reporting what they take.
UPDATE 8th July 2016
Metal-detector-shopkeepers gonna be Metal-detector-shopkeepers I guess. One "Nigel" from Regtons has published this comment on a metal detecting blog well-known for being populated largely by ill-informed senior citizens from across the Ocean:
Nice one Mr B, firstly thank you for showing an interest in us once more[. O]ur hand drawn picture shows crudely the interesting ancient settlements in our vicinity, this is for interest only. You however have published a far more accurate map of a larger area complete with find spots, how utterly irresponsible for posting a detailed map of Roman Britain showing major finds (Hope Ordinance Survey don’t catch up with you).How awkward for claims to support the scheme seen on the firm's website that the retailer fails to recognize the distinctive style of the PAS database. He can take his comments about "responsibility" to the PAS. I guess the map is hung there "for interest only" to the same degree as the two cases of artefacts on adjacent walls labelled "found with metal detectors" and the cases of other collectables by the door. Not at all intended to encourage buyers to "go out and find likewise", are they?