Thursday 15 October 2015

Isle of Coll Artefact Hunting Permission Confusion

The finder of a hoard is miffed (Collman » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:23 am ) that the archaeologists who recovered the rest of it were interviewed by the BBC and he was not, and there was no fluffy bunny stuff about how artefact collecting is in some way "beneficial". The archaeological investigation was directed by the Treasure Trove Unit, National Museums Scotland and RSPB Scotland. The detector user then reveals:
I had asked permission from the warden who had checked. It was brought to my attention that RSPB have a no detecting policy after my finds and the permission removed. Everything I done was by the book.
Well, if he had no written search and take permit from the person authorised to issue one, then he had not. RSPB as an environmental group jolly well should have a policy which prevents the historical environment being trashed by collectors.Artefact hunting should not be undertaken in conservation zones, it stands to reason.

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