Kent Archaeological Review extract

Antiquities Bill.

Section 1.

At the coming into force of this Act the principle of law commonly known as treasure trove shall cease to have effect.

Section 2.

After the coming into force of this Act the following property shall belong to the Crown namely any object lying in the earth or other private place without the owner being known which is --

  1. made of gold or silver or any alloy containing either metal; or
  2. lying with or adjacent to any object so made; or
  3. contained in any class of object specified by statutory instrument made under this Act for the protection of portable antiquities by the Secretary of State.

Section 3.

Any person finding property which falls within Section 2 of this Act shall forthwith and in any event not later than forty-eight hours afterwards report such finding to the Coroner or to any police officer and shall so far as practicable leave such property undisturbed.

Section 4.

Any breach of Section 3 of this Act shall be an offence punishable on conviction with a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds or a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.

Section 5.

This Act shall apply in England and Wales only.

Shown above is a copy of the proposed Antiquities Bill which has been drawn up by Charles Sparrow, QC on behalf of the Council for British Archaeology. We would welcome readers comments on both this and the proposed legislation by the Department of the Environment printed overleaf.

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