People in the music industry... we all need a bit of solitude and quiet out of the public eye and this is the
way I enjoy it.
- Bill Wyman
The recent discovery of the 'Staffordshire Hoard' in a field has been hitting the headlines. The
collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces could fetch a 'seven figure sum', say experts. Suddenly metal detecting doesn't
look like such a sad, lonely pastime, does it? With such rewards still obviously within our grasp it may be time to take up
Bill Wyman's favourite hobby!
Is treasure hunting a genuinely worthwhile contribution to historical fact finding, or is it just playing the lottery in a
Are you into metal detecting? If so, is it for relaxation, profit or just archaelogical curiosity?
Have you, or any friends or family ever found something either fascinating or incredibly valuable?
If you are an amateur archaeologist, do you fear the predictable upswing in the number of
hunters, following the discovery of the hoard?
Do the odds actually justify the outlay on a lovely new metal detector?
Are you a professional academic archaelogist? What do you think of amateur treasure hounds?