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July 12, 2012

1.5 million artefacts found in Northern Ireland have not been handed over to the authorities

Posted at 1:03 pm in Similar cases

Following on from the issues of metal detecting, where for many, their only interest in the hobby is for profit, more efforts need to be made to ensure that archaeological finds are reported properly in the UK, as evidenced by the colossal (bearing in mind the size / population of the country) figures for artefacts not being handed over in Northern Ireland.

Irish Central

Public hold on to 1.5 million archaeological finds – fail to hand in finds to museums
Ancient finds stuck in limbo in Northern Ireland
Updated Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 9:56 AM
By ANTOINETTE KELLY, IrishCentral Staff Writer

Over one and a half million Northern Irish archaeological finds are still in possession of the private companies that unearthed them.

The ancient remains, including pottery, metalwork, and human remains, were discovered by commercial companies redeveloping construction sites for new roads or buildings.
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