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What is nighthawking?

'Nighthawks' as they have become known, operate at night. They use metal detectors to steal objects from the ground, often with the intention of selling them for personal profit.
 
What is the problem?
 
Nighthawking can seriously damage archaeological sites, by removing vital evidence and damaging the undisturbed layers. Also, the reputation of responsible metal detectorists is harmed by Nighthawking.
 
To tackle the problem a web survey has been created in order to find out more about it. English Heritage, along with many concerned bodies, have commissioned this survey as a first step.
 
The survey could help identify the following...
 
how widespread a problem Nighthawking is, in what parts of the country it is happening, how often, and how nighthawkers are currently dealt with.
 
For more information visit the attached pdf documents or:
 
www.nighthawking.thehumanjourney.net

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