French detectorist arrested

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Saffron
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Found to have more than 27,400 "looted objects" including Bronze Age and Roman.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... 180976590/

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I saw he’d has his house raided a few months ago. It seems the French authorities are really clamping down on detecting.
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I noticed the statement "using a metal detector for anything other than scientific research is outlawed in France", I know at least one member that detects in France and understood that although detecting was not as common in France as the UK that as long as you had permission from the authorities and land owner that the rules were fairly relaxed.

Although I notice she has not been on recently, have they tightened the rules meaning its now banned?.

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Saffron wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:28 am I noticed the statement "using a metal detector for anything other than scientific research is outlawed in France"
That surprised me too! :shock:
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Wow, that lot must have taken a hell of a lot of digging! Such greed is often the downfall of folk, they just don't know when to quit so push their luck to break point. He deserves all he gets! :thumbsup:
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Yes it is an old story, but goes to show how not to win friends and influence people. Cracking down on what should be a legal pastime only lets in the criminals. How much material is lost to this policy of outlawing detecting :it wont make farming and development pressures go away and the damage that does to small finds.

French archaeologists have always been anti and talking to French detectorists over the years indicates that there is no interest in changing or considering the value that could be brought to the nations archaeological record by recognising the benefits of responsible metal detecting.

One must assume that the authorities are content with allowing an untold number of small finds to be lost each year to the various agencies of corrosion, erosion and damage.
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An amazing amount of finds.
Did you notice, the one reply on comments described it as " JUNK ". :shock:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:12 pm Did you notice, the one reply on comments described it as " JUNK ". :shock:

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Probably his wife! :lol: :lol:
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