Scotland's rich archaeological heritage is being plundered by treasure hunters who fail to declare their finds in the national interest, authorities have warned. A new report by Crown officials raises concerns over “serious under-reporting” by the lucky few who stumble across buried artefacts.

Professor Ian Ralston, chairman of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel, said: “If you look at the amount of stuff found in Northumberland and Cumbria compared to the south of Scotland, there has to be a suspicion that there is a significant number of undeclared finds.”

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