Metal detectors have a place

Staff ~ The Amherst Daily News
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To the Editor,

There was an article in the newspaper last week on individuals caught digging up the?Beaubassin archaeology site and another historical site near Fort Cumberland. These individuals were doing so to steal artifacts and sell them on eBay and so on. A prefered tool used by the culprits was a metal detector.
The newspaper report made me very angry, as the offenders' actions would put a blemish on the credibility of those who perform metal detecting as a sport, for exercise and fresh air.
Most of us with metal detectors who enjoy the sport, do so with a "Code of Ethics" in mind. Some of us walk the public beaches or farm fields or ballfields seeking lost coins.
We certainly do not get rich finding quarters and dimes. Most finds are pop can tabs, tin foil seals on food containers, old metal bottle caps, metal buttons and rusted metal junk. But the challenge to find an elusive coin treasure spurs us on and we get much needed exercise and fresh air as well.
There has been some major archaeology finds made with metal detectors around the world.
More recently was a Roman silver treasure discovery in England, found in a farmer's field. The items will eventually be displayed in the museum for all to see.
Cumberland County used to include all lands through to Sackville, N.B. This area is rich in history. Any historical finds will most likely end up in museums for restoration and public display. I know if I found something of historical significance, I would alert the museum or an archaeologist.
Just venting my thoughts.
Rick Harper, Amherst
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