Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Farmers Get Informed About Market Value of Portable Antiquities

It only took farmers and landowners three decades to learn that those "old bits of metal" detectorists were coming to them and asking if they could look for and take away for free actually have a, not inconsiderable, market value. Possibly Farmer Silas Brown of Grunters Hollow had something to do with it, perhaps it was the door-knockers and forum-advertisers representing the commercial artefact hunting firms that were doing it, but we may well be seeing an end to the free-for-all that has encouraged the growth of the hobby so far. Good.

500 quid a year is offset by finding just thirty objects worth 16 quid each. Perhaps farmers can charge more and the keen tekkies can still afford it.

1 comment:

Brian Mattick said...

I think that farmer is particularly well-informed. An average of 30 artefacts worth £16 each adds up to a figure very close to the £500 he is charging. Bearing in mind the detectorist can get his money back by selling the objects on Ebay he is still able to enjoy his detecting for free.

In fact, he is also getting the chance of half a jackpot, amounting perhaps to millions, for free, which is a better deal than the National Lottery, so if he complains about being charged £500 he's not only not an amateur archaeologist but also a bit of a crook.

No need to discuss. It's a fact. ;)

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