Metal Detecting : A Legal Hobby

Metal Detecting : A Legal Hobby

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Metal Detecting is a hobby. A legal hobby. Lately this hobby has come under fire, as more and more institutes try to criminalize metal detecting. The interpretation of a few people are taking the purpose of our hobby into the wrong light. 

Archaeologists, police and politicians have been calling out Detectorists for destroying archaeological sites and sites of cultural or natural interest. This is correct, however, these detectorists are criminals and they represent perhaps 0,5% of all hobbyists that keep within the law. As a matter of fact these people are not metal detectorists they are looters.

A metal detectorist that keeps to the law finds, the occasional coin (one coin, according to the law, is not archaeology), farming tools, rings, household tools, and most of all, garbage (beer cans are the favorite). We clean up the garbage and close down the holes we created. Polite and aware of our responsibilities. When we do find something of importance, we are obliged to mention it to the local authorities. 

As a group of enthusiasts and hobbyists, we would like to see the law acknowledge what we do good, and single out the few that do bad. A punishment for a whole group of thousands and thousand of people is not fair when the looters are only a few. 

If a few fishermen would be fishing in an illegal place, would you punish all fishermen?

Clear regulations and laws need to be in place, not prohibition.  

 

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