Metal Detectors Pose Threat to Britain's Battlefields
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2003-10-04 15:10
History News Network: British archaeologists fear that the recent popularity of amateur treasure
hunters using metal detectors may endanger the country's historic battlefields.
People buy metal detectors for a number of reasons. Some want to discover a
piece of history, while others are looking for buried treasure. The recent
popularity of historical hobbyists in England has led archaeologists to fear
for the country's historic battlefields, according to the Battlefield Trust.
Affected are at least 10 historic sites including Edward IV's Wars of the Roses
victory at Tewkesbury (1471), the Civil War battles of Newark and Newbury, and
Henry V's first great battle at Shrewsbury. The Marston Moor battlefield in
Yorkshire was badly damaged when over 300 amateur archaeologists with metal
detectors took to the field on one weekend, digging up artifacts from the Civil
War battle. English Heritage is looking into the problem and hopes to find an
answer to the destruction before it is too late.