Nighthawkers hitting more archaeological sites

14 Aug 2014 11:19 AM | Anonymous

Nighthawkers hitting more archaeological sites

Unauthorized excavations and thefts at historic and prehistoric sites are becoming a growing problem in Finland. Professional archaeologists say information on sites and earlier finds should be restricted to make them less tempting targets. Officials disagree.

It is believed that the recent spate of illegal digging is mainly the work of "nighthawkers" - people with metal detectors who work illegally at night to remove artefacts from archaeological sites.

Over the past six years, Finland's National Board of Antiquities has dealt with about 30 cases of illegal digging and the theft of artefacts from prehistoric and historic sites. So far this year, the Board of Antiquities has dealt with four serious cases. Many more, it is thought go unnoticed or unreported.

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