I’m not sure how many of you keep up to date with the latest news and TV shows when it comes to metal detecting, but I am appalled by this latest one. Apparently National Geographic was supposed to show a new series called Nazi War Diggers, however it recently got cancelled due to the way in which the treasure hunters on the show went about their business.
It seems that the guys were digging old grave sites in Latvia looking for graves of German and Red Army soldiers on the Eastern Front. Now to me digging up graves is just a big no no. Seriously, who would think this is a good idea? Secondly, apparently the guys were completely mishandling the remains that they found and were very cavalier in their approach to excavation.
It is no wonder that so many countries and counties are looking to ban amateur metal detectorists from treasure hunting, when you have these so called “experts” treating human remains like trash and potentially damaging historic relics.
Anyway I am pretty annoyed that these type of activities keep occurring and expect that it is only a matter of time before blanket bans become the norm. It would be a real shame though as some really important discoveries have been found by amateur detectorists and I for one want that to keep happening.
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