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Scotland’s Buried Heritage Looted by Treasure Hunters

Posted by admin on Feb 17, 2011

Scotland’s rich archaeological heritage is being plundered by treasure hunters who fail to declare their finds in the national interest, authorities have warned. A new report by Crown officials raises concerns over “serious under-reporting” by the lucky few who stumble across buried artefacts.

Professor Ian Ralston, chairman of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel, said: “If you look at the amount of stuff found in Northumberland and Cumbria compared to the south of Scotland, there has to be a suspicion that there is a significant number of undeclared finds.”

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