In the Corner with Dan Hughes
127-130704 In the Treasure Corner - Ethical Dilemmas

Somebody asks you to use your metal detector to hunt for his mother's wedding ring.  He describes it, and where she lost it a decade ago, and you recognize it because you found it three years ago, and sold it to a gold dealer.

What do you tell this person?

You're digging in your own yard and you find a human skeleton.  Do you tell the authorities?  Even if you know it's going to cost you $5,000, like it did a Canadian citizen a few weeks ago? 

Ethical dilemmas, morality problems.  What to do?

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Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

  • Dan, each and every treasure hunter needs to set their very own ethical standard early on. I started at the age of 14 and it was finders keepers back then. Later I realized the value of the return. This brought more value then the goods. Hunters should realize that returns can go horribly wrong with bad results towards the returnee! I use a set of standards to match the depositors with the lost item. I do this for a set period of time. Then its mine. I don't keep items that can't be reused they are sold for scrap. Why? You would always be forever holding the goods, with little reward in the find. In 40 years I have no clue to what I have spent on treasure hunting, but I have $25,000 in detectors in my garage as we chat. I have a bunch of HS class rings posted on Alumni boards forever resigned to my draw awaiting claim,some over 20 years?

    posted by: Buried Crap NJ on 2013-07-14 11:56:39

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