Can You Spare a Few Minutes?

Peter Tompa

I want to share a recent blog post from Peter Tompa’s “Cultural Property Observer”. It concerns potential changes to the UK’s Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme. Detectorists need to be very concerned about the permit idea and the possibility of declaring all finds the property of the crown

Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to UK’s Treasure Act

After you’ve read Peter’s comments, read the proposed changes and then share your thoughts and concerns via the public consultation. Comments are due on or before April 30, 2019.

Thanks Peter…

Peter Tompa is an attorney, a registered lobbyist for IAPN and PNG, Legal Officer of the Cultural Policy Research Institute and Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild.


John Howland’s take on these proposed changes is also a good read….just click on the following….



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8 responses to “Can You Spare a Few Minutes?

  1. Packrat

    The main objection is the permit. Since most hunters are following the established format why set up a permit system that could restrict some hunters. The ones who are not following the established rules are not going to get a permit anyway Rather than a permit just have people sign up to a program so they are aware of the rules and there are contacts for the government if they need help or have issues

    • Larry read the consultation in detail and you will find the following…

      142. To this end we are putting forward several initial suggestions as the basis of
      discussion on the future form of the treasure process. These are:

      ● the introduction of a process similar to that in Scotland, whereby all archaeological objects become the property of the Crown;

      ● 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.

      143. We are aware that these suggestions would involve considerable changes to the current process. We emphasise that the aim in raising them within the current consultation is to open some initial debate and to encourage other suggestions for the long term sustainability of the treasure process.

      Northern Ireland has very stringent detecting regs and ANY permit at all is a step in the wrong direction. Likewise labeling archaeological objects as property of the crown puts the finder at a disadvantage when it comes to the ultimate disposition of the item in question.

      For me it’s WHO came up with these particular changes and why?

      Also be sure to read John Howlnd take here:

  2. Always a snake in the grass…even after the lawn has been fertilized and maintained. Hopefully the English detectorists and the landowners (who have as much to lose as the hobbyist) will defeat this miserable attempt to subvert the PAS…the bad guys NEVER give up!!! Loved Peter Tompa’s “Cultural Property Observer” blog…going to put his site on my favorite blog’s list on my own blog. Good post Dick!

  3. Once and IF the current Tory administration realises they’ve been ‘had’ by the Marxist ‘fat cat’ politicos lurking in the heritage wings and agitating for State control – with them doing the controlling – I’m sure they’ll drop the permit proposals like a hot brick. It’s a real vote loser especially in marginal seats. It’s an infringement of personal liberty.

    The irony is that the PAS is so successful that some in archaeology want that success curbed or crushed. They are promoting a huge data loss. By any standards it’s theft of archaeological knowledge. Any archaeologist supporting this permit system aids and abets that data loss and knowledge theft.

    Indeed, it’s also an unwarranted tax on hobbyists.

  4. David

    It works as it is, so don’t mess with it

  5. Longino Bizimana

    Hi.we do have the old antiques sites Tanzania&Zanzibar.we just need
    archaeologist any body can help with that?

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