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10-01-2020, 00:47   #1
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Metal Detecting on Farms

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news...s-on-farmland/


Farmer here. Seem to be more metal detecting going on, 4 national monuments on my farm, and have ran lads. Whats opinion on the above, quote below gives a flavour. Thanks



"There is a misconception that a licence is required to operate a metal detector in Ireland, but it’s simply not true. A licence is required – and must have been previously applied for and granted by the minister – to be in the vicinity of – or enter – a heritage site. The boundaries are clear and well avoided by a genuine hobbyist."
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Farmer here. Seem to be more metal detecting going on, 4 national monuments on my farm, and have ran lads. Whats opinion on the above, quote below gives a flavour. Thanks



"There is a misconception that a licence is required to operate a metal detector in Ireland, but it’s simply not true. A licence is required – and must have been previously applied for and granted by the minister – to be in the vicinity of – or enter – a heritage site. The boundaries are clear and well avoided by a genuine hobbyist."
This is complete misinformation and is being deliberately spread by the metal detecting lobby.
The laws on metal detecting are clearly set out on the landing page of this forum.
In short; a metal detector cannot be used anywhere for the purpose of searching for archaeological objects, and that’s all there is to it.
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Thanks they updated the story

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Another final and authoritative update. Previous (third) article, since taken down, suggested an archaeological object was pre 1700

"The National Monuments Service also explained that, with respect to this law, the term ‘archaeological objects’ is very broadly defined, regardless of the object’s age or ‘degree of antiquity’. For example, it is possible, according to the service, for an object dating from as recently as the 20th century to be classed as an ‘archaeological object’.
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