|Artefact hunting for free? They|
are taking away our heritage
The Port of London Authority, which owns the river bank along with the Crown Estate, has ordered a clampdown as treasure hunting has soared in popularity. Previously anyone could look for fragments of the past, ranging from Roman coins to Delftware pottery, provided they did not scrape or dig the surface to retrieve them. Under the clampdown, any form of searching for objects washed up by the tides is prohibited unless the mudlarks hold a permit, which costs £32 for a day or £75 for three years. PLA spokesman Martin Garside said there was “worry within the archaeological community” that amateur treasure seekers were failing to report significant finds. “If you’re going down there with the intention of looking for something you need to have a permit,” he said.Susie Mesure, 'Mudlarks on Thames told to get £32 permits to save heritage' Evening Standard · Monday 5 December 2016 ·
Fortunately Rescue stepped in where PAS feared to tread:
Rescue_News @rescue_news 6 godz.6 godzin temuPAS are you going to step in and do some real archaeological outreach about this kind of thing? Maybe this decade (your third)?
"Saving" heritage involves investigating it properly in controlled works by qualified practitioners. Not charging amateurs cash to dig it up