Detectorist facing charges after revealing Bronze Age find

A bracelet, dated to the Bronze Age (1600-1350 BC), has been secured by the Police after a detectorist, who brought it to the local Heritage Office. The men has recovered the priceless artefact a few weeks a ago, while illegally searching with a metal detector. Recently he visited local museums in the Lubuskie voivodeship (Western Poland) trying to sell the find and expecting large sums of money for revealing the place where he dug it out.

Bronze bracelet illegally dug out by detectorist (by: Radio Szczecin)
Bronze bracelet illegally dug out by detectorist (by Radio Szczecin)

After no luck in the negotiations, he brought the artefact to the local Heritage Office. The bronze bracelet was secured by the office workers and Police was called. The man faces 3 years in prison for illegal searching. He would have a chance for receiving a financial reward if he would secure the place of the find, leave it in the ground and inform the local Heritage Office. By removing it from it’s archaeological context and appropriation he now faces 3 years in prison.  The local Office now will decide to which of the museums the find will be sent to.

(after Radio Szczecin)

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