In a message dated 27/07/2006 11:35:43 GMT Standard Time,
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Perhaps Mark and his colleagues have lost an important find from one of
their department's digs over the past 15 years and the last time it was seen was
when someone had it in the van. So they have managed to surreptitiously
re-aquire the old van from Ironbridge, without arousing too much suspicion, under
the pretext of academic research to hopefully recover the lost artefact.
I didn't notice whether the local metal detectorists had been asked to take
part in this investigation. i think they should.