Change in Treasure Law in UK

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Change in Treasure Law in UK

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1. the introduction of a process similar to that in Scotland, whereby all Archaeological objects become the property of the Crown

2. the introduction of a regulation as in Northern Ireland where archaeological digging of any sort (both by professional archaeologists and others) is only allowed by permit. –

3. this one is a rumour, which I cannot find any written evidence for, however I feel it is worth a mention as, if true, will seriously affect us all- . Any Coin sold or brought must, by law, have proof of provenance be recorded by the British Museum ... ivvT8ivXnU

If true, the unintended consequence will be to create a black market a la Greece, Turkey and other places where the govenmnet has "stepped in".

The way it is now in England is that a detectorist (or amateur archaeologist) reports his finds to a local entity withing a certain time period. The Crown determines if the object(s) in question add anything to current collections. If not the finder owns the property. If the Crown wants it, they pay fair market value. There may be nuances but that is basically it.

This enlightened and non-socialist policy has resulted in the Croen obtaining some spectacular finds, viz:
Metal-detecting couple find one of Britain’s biggest ever treasure hoards as they discover almost 2,600 ancient coins worth around £5m in an unploughed field ... hed-field/

Anyway, my understanding is that in Greece you cannot take even a fragment of pottery, it all belongs to the State. Think they have a problem with black market antiquities? As I have said, humans are critters. They will seek out the reward. I hope that the statists in the UK have a bout of common sense.
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