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13 DECEMBER lecture: 20 Years of Treasure by Dr Michael Lewis
Wednesday 13th December 2017

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Treasure Act and also the formation of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). Both have been successful in ensuring that important archaeological finds are acquired by museums, and (in the case of the PAS) encouraging finders, particularly metal-detectorists, to offer their discoveries for recording to add to archaeological knowledge. This lecture will outline how the Treasure Act came in to being, and why government established a Scheme for the voluntary recording, rather than legislate against metal-detecting.

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