Etiquette in metal detecting

Etiquette in metal detectingI was asked if there was any particular etiquette when starting out in metal detecting, so I have done some research and found the following list from the National Council for Metal Detecting.

Most of it is common sense, but it is a great “refresher” or introduction into the exciting world of metal detecting as we have come to know it.

I also feel it sums up our hobby by showing that we are a respectful and mindful bunch of people. Over the next few articles I will also be expanding on some of the legislation surround our exciting hobby

“NCMD Code of Conduct

  1. Do not trespass. Obtain permission before venturing on to any land.
  2. Respect the Country Code, leave gates and property as you find them and do not damage crops, frighten animals or disturb nesting birds.
  3. Wherever the site, do not leave a mess or an unsafe surface for those who may follow. It is perfectly  simple to extract a coin or other small object buried a few inches below the ground  without digging a  great hole. Use a suitable digging implement to cut a neat flap(do not remove the plug of earth entirely from the ground), extract the object, reinstate the grass, sand or soil carefully, and even you will have difficulty in locating the find spot again.
  4. If you discover any live ammunition or any lethal object such as an unexploded bomb or mine, do not disturb it. Mark the site carefully and report the find to the local police and landowner.
  5. Help keep Britain tidy. Safely dispose of refuse you come across.
  6. Report all unusual historical finds to the landowner, and acquaint yourself with current NCMD policy relating to the Voluntary Reporting of Portable Antiquities.
  7. Remember it is illegal for anyone to use a metal detector on a designated area (e.g. scheduled archaeological site, SSSI, or Ministry of Defence property) without permission from the appropriate authority.
  8. Acquaint yourself with the definitions of the following documents: –

    (1)Treasure contained in the Treasure Act 1996 and its associated Code of Practice, making sure you understand your responsibilities.

    (2)Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects including Treasure 2006.

  9. Remember that when you are out with your metal detector you are an ambassador for our hobby. Do nothing that might give it a bad name.
  10. Never miss an opportunity to explain your hobby to anyone who asks about it.

Appendix A to the NCMD Constitution
Revised February 2000
Amended AGM June 2007”