David Graham writes:
>Following on from the thread on metal detecting, I had a site recently
>on common land in Surrey that was producing large numbers of Roman
>coins. One of the walkers who passed by must have seen this because,
>within three days, the location was being advertised on a treasure
>hunting website and shortly afterwards, of course, the site was raided
Can you clarify a couple of things for me? Were these coins evidence of a
scattered hoard such as silver denarii from the Republic to the mid 3rd
cent? or were they 3rd to 5th cent. bronze radiates, Ae 3-4, minimi etc.
more indicative of a settlement? or something completely different? I would
wonder why a site containing anything out of the ordinary would be so
advertised (poor, corroded small Roman bronze have virtually no commercial
Is detecting legal on common land (needing no permission)?
Can an archaeological dig "stake a legal claim" on land otherwise legal to
detect on while these digs are taking place?
Could you not have fenced off the area and installed volunteers to guard it
during the night hours? -- or enlisted a commercial security company? I
have even seen roads barricaded here to prevent an archaeological site from
being disturbed by the curious, and such digs are sometimes done in secret.
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