“Of all the treasures found in the ground, fewer than 5% are discovered by professional archaeologists. More than 90% are unearthed by amateur treasure hunters armed with metal detectors – devices originally devised for hunting down landmines,” wrote Laurence Cawley, on the BBC News website in 2016.
‘Porky pies’ come in all shapes and sizes though Lawrence Cawley’s piece ain’t one of ‘em.
I am raising a glass to you all as I write…Cheers! Good health and good fortune in 2018! This year has been a good one for the hobby, especially here in the UK, where reported treasure finds have increased, contributing enormously to the common heritage, proven by official figures recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
There are no other official figures anywhere else. Continue reading