Originally Posted by Wibbs
One presumes there's an updated version of that as we haven't used pounds/punts in a while.
Yes there are updated amendments; primarily the 2004 amendment.
Mocmo is correct. These finds should be notified to the museum.
I am sure that anyone who posts up here about what they have found is also the kind of person who will uphold the law.
This is a unique site where hundreds, perhaps even thousands of archaeological objects have been brought to the surface by natural forces.
A number of people have made significant discoveries and a number of people have made significant collections.
As far as I know, there has been no deliberate malice or commercial intent in making these collections and I am reasonably sure that there has been no disturbance of stratigraphy (metal is a different story, sadly).
I was involved in a project here some years ago to identify the types of lithics, their period (based on morphology and typology) and their distribution around the site. If people are wandering along picking up significant quantities of objects, then any information that distribution can give is lost. That information could be critical. It could inform us about where people lived, what they were doing, how they did it. Concentrations of finds in a site like this can tell us a great deal and it is a worry that this information is being lost when collectors pick up objects without detailed and accurate recording of the circumstances in which they were found.
Random personal collections are meaningless. They tell us nothing about the people who inhabited these lands if they are held in disparate locations.
They really need to go to one central collection where they can be conserved and made available for study by scholars and students alike. That location is the National Museum and that is the reason for the law.