> There were many objections on this list a few months ago to the
> of the Valetta Convention, but it should be noted that if the
> recommendations of Articles 2 (iii), 3 (ia), 3 (iii), 10 (i), 10(v) were
> actually applied in Great Britain, there would be a system in operation
> which would be usable in order to protect the archaeological heritage from
> irresponsible and damaging exploitation.
That's all well and good, but the DCMS have indicated to the
detecting community that they see Article 3(iii)
"to subject to prior authorisation, whenever foreseen by the
domestic law of the State, the use of metal detectors and any other
detection equipment or process for archaeological investigation."
as only applying to the use of MDs for archaeological investigation.
Non-archaeological use of detectors will not need prior authorisation.