Landowner guidance


Anyone searching for archaeological objects must have the permission of the landowner. By law archaeological objects, apart from Treasure, belong to the landowner.

Landowners' Checklist

  • Have a written 'finds agreement' with anyone wishing to search on your land, especially regarding ownership of the finds.
  • Get any necessary permissions in writing before allowing detecting on your land; such as on that which is part of an agri-environment scheme or on protected sites.
  • Ask to see all finds and ask that all archaeological finds are recorded with the Suffolk Finds Recording Team at the Archaeological Service.
  • Consider donating important finds to a local museum to benefit the local community, or giving them first refusal on objects offered for sale.
  • Report any illegal activity to the police via 101 or 999.
Please contact the Suffolk Finds Recording Team with any queries about metal detecting on your land.


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