By law; metal detectorists, as indeed all members of the public, have a legal obligation to report the finding of certain items governed by the treasure act. We recommend that all metal detectorists familiarise themselves with the act.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport describe what to do as an indivual, should one think that they might have found treasure:
However, the Portable Antiquities Scheme will also assist with the treasure process and has an excellent set of reference material on the subject.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.
The UKDFD is an initiative by members of the metal-detecting community to promote good practice within the hobby. It is an easy-to-use, friendly and supportive online facility for detectorists to record their finds and ensure that the information is preserved for future generations.
Try out the Beta version of Techony's "Geo-Locator" to locate and record your finds. This mini application will allow you to locate the findspot using either the maps or by direct input of the Geo-codes, OS map reference, or even post-code. Identify your find type and add a marker. The results can be copy/pasted into your favourite spreadsheet and soon we hope to see a paste into Google Earth.
You can also use the tool as a handy converter to and from OS grid references and GPS co-ordinates.
Click on the image below to launch the Geo-Locator: