NCMD – MAJOR FINDS EXCAVATION FUND
The National Council for Metal Detecting are delighted to announce that a fund is now in a place to help assist our members fortunate enough to uncover a major find. This fund will pay for an accredited, PAS recommended, archaeologist to perform the initial excavation of the find-spot. It will help to preserve important archaeological information, whist reducing the period of time that the find may be vulnerable.
We have been working on this project for a considerable amount time and are quite excited at the prospect of it finally coming to fruition.
This fund has been developed with the full co-operation of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and we are pleased to say that emergency out of hours contact numbers for a PAS to assist in organising help quickly are now in place.
Please note it is sadly only available in England and Wales.
The exact location of the findspot should only be given to the archaeologist who will attend the site to perform the excavation. The NCMD officer who takes your initial call will not ask you for the exact findspot. The officer will pass on your details to the archaeologist assigned to you, so you can offer directions.
There are a strict set of terms and conditions that must be met when a finder applies for the funding.
1. Only finds made by current members of the NCMD will be eligible for the funding assistance.
2. Funding assistance will be given to the excavation of any major finds made by NCMD regional or central register club members along with Individual members detecting on permissions with the landowner’s consent.
Funding assistance will not be given to the excavation of major finds during commercial rallies, where it is expected that the rally organisers will have accrued adequate funds to assist accredited archaeologists involved in the excavation.
3. Most major finds are made outside normal working hours i.e., weekends or bank holidays. This will require a contact number being made available to allow an NCMD representative, working closely with the PAS. to be on hand to advise the finder of best practice regarding the securing of the site until such time as an excavation team are available.
The NCMD representatives contact number is 07983 897442.
The finder will be required to furnish the following data.
Confirmation that the find was made within the above parameters.
° The finder’s name and contact details
° NCMD membership number
° The landowner’s details including address, post code, and phone number
° Full description of the in-situ finds (photo’s where possible).
4. The PAS will appoint liaison officer(s) to be the recipient of the requests by the NCMD representative to provide accredited archaeologists to attend the excavation site once the cost of the initial excavation which is to be funded by the NCMD has been agreed.
The excavator will be expected to contact the NCMD representative with a brief update at the conclusion of the excavation.
5. Unless there are good reasons to the contrary, finder(s) should be given the opportunity to assist in any surveys of the findspot i.e., checking spoil heaps, findspot periphery, fieldwalking etc.
6. Funding will be made available by the NCMD up to a limit of £500 for any single excavation and up to a limit of £5000 in any calendar year for multiple excavations.
7. The role of the NCMD in any funded excavation must be acknowledged in any media coverage of the find.
Kevin Gorman. General Secretary. NCMD.