Sunday 26 February 2012

Focus on Metal Detecting: Site Wrecking on English Nature Scheme Land

The latest boast about the Minelab GPX 5000 by Neil Jones (aka: "Slow 'n Low) in a comment to the Heritage Journal:
"i can now get 24″ on the same small coins as i know the machine inside out and a lot lot deeper on the larger finds..."
Twenty-four inches is 61cm, well below normal ploughing depths on most soils, so using one of these 'site wrecker' machines on Environment Scheme lands will mean the artefact hunter indiscriminately hoiking out stuff potentially from those "previously undisturbed" layers.

Minelab, readers will remember, has recently given 41000 dollars to a US pressure group lobbying to have existing or intended restrictions on where these machines can be used lifted.

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