CLUB RULES &

CODE OF CONDUCT

Please remember that whenever you or your guests attend a Weekend Wanderers event, a few important rules must be observed, especially the first three.

 

  • Always fill your holes carefully even on stubble and ploughed land. Horse riders, livestock and walkers cross our fields and could break a leg in unfilled holes. It also gives us a bad image.

  • Never replace grass upside down. This looks dreadful. Hay making and silage cutting equipment is damaged by stones and by upside down divots left on the surface. You must heel in every divot firmly.

  • Take any large items of iron such as plough shares and horseshoes with you or place them in the nearest hedge. Please do not leave them on the surface, as this will cause damage to farm machinery. It is good practice to remove unwanted finds like cartridge cases and other small junk items. Discarded junk items give annoying surface signals for you and others.

  • Open farm gates rather than climbing over them. Farmers get pretty cross when their gates break! Make sure that you have closed any gates securely.

  • Do not trespass on club farms. Permission to detect on Weekend Wanderers farmland is granted only on days agreed between the landowner and the organizer. No re-visiting our farms or approaching our landowners for own permission.

  • No detecting on out of bounds areas. Only search on designated fields.
  • Please park in allocated areas wherever possible. Avoid blocking entrances and farm machinery.

  • Litter must always be taken home especially on overnight stays and rallies.

  • Respect the country code.

  • If you discover any live ammunition or any lethal object such as an unexploded bomb or mine do not touch it. Mark the site carefully and contact the organisers or report to the landowner, or local police.

  • Dogs are not allowed on any venue unless kept on a lead. Farmers do not like a potential threat to livestock.

  • Young children must be supervised at all times. Farms and fields are full of hidden dangers. Slurry pits, barbed wire, livestock and moving vehicles such as tractors name just a few. It’s nice to see kids on the digs but The Weekend Wanderers cannot assume liability in the event of injury.

  • Acquaint yourself with the laws of Treasure Trove, which have been revised. Make sure that you understand the changes.

  • In the event that you have come across suspected archaeology or hoard then digging should stop immediately and the organiser should be informed.

RECORDING FINDS


Whilst not a legal requirement we urge you to record your finds with the FLO or with us at the dig or rally. If you are unable to record your finds with a FLO at a dig/rally please take all recordable finds to your local FLO for recording. These are generally all coins and artefacts pre 1716, however ‘grotty’! FLOs would be grateful if finds are bagged and rally place names and dates written on the bags. Identification may be helped if you are able to gently clean the surface mud off your find before you take it to your FLO. Sometimes finds can be recorded at later meetings but bear in mind that FLOs are likely only to carry maps relevant to their counties. For the PAS database, contact details and conservation advice please visit

 

Recording

Your Finds


Left in the ground, ancient objects suffer constant annual damage with every pass of the plough. With the slow and inevitable corrosive action of modern agricultural fertilisers, these objects will eventually be lost forever. Fortunately metal detectorists successfully rescue and preserve thousands of objects from ruin such as corroded Roman ‘grots’ to hoards of national importance.

It is a fact that had those finds stayed in the ground to rot, vital knowledge would surely have been lost. By the same token, this very same information would equally be lost if the location of finds is not properly recorded. Happily though, modern detectorists enthusiastically and consistently have their finds recorded thereby totally invalidating any outdated viewpoints from detractors.

Having your finds recorded is easy, a lot of fun and is the best way to have your things identified properly. We are pleased to invite along to our club digs a regional finds liaison officer (FLO) who will gladly assist you with the proper identification and recording of your finds and register them on the national database. You can see your records on the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) web site & FLO details can be found on the Contact Others page on this site.

If you are unable to record your finds with the PAS at a dig please take all recordable finds to your local FLO for recording. These are generally all coins and artefacts pre 1700 AD however worn. Roman grots, pottery and flints are all of interest. FLOs would be grateful if finds are bagged and dig place names and dates written on the bags. Identification may be helped if you are able to gently clean the surface mud off your find before you take it to your FLO. Ideally, plot your finds with a GPS device. Sometimes finds can be recorded at later club meetings but bear in mind that FLOs are likely only to carry maps relevant to their counties.

Please visit www.finds.org.uk for the PAS database to see your recorded finds and also for conservation advice and contact details.