Hungary joins ECMD!

ECMD has a brand new member – Hungary, country with incredibly fascinating history, just decided to join us in promoting the idea of responsible metal detecting and establishing a future standard for laws and regulations relating to our hobby. Hungary will be represented by Országos Roncs és Fémkereső Egyesület , a nation-wide organisation whose main aims are the protection of cultural heritage of Hungary and public representation of their metal detecting community. According to the information received from O.R.F.E., all artefacts found in Hungary, which date before 1711, are considered part of the archaeological heritage. Metal detecting is allowed after obtaining a special permission from Forster Gyula National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management. The practice of metal detecting is regulated by the “Heritage Protecting Law”:

“Law of 2001. act of LXIV.

20 / A. §30 (1) The use of a metal detector instrument – with the exception of the need to practice a profession, as required by law, may be carried out under official authorization.
(2) Use for the exercise of a profession shall be reported in a statutory manner.
(3) The authority may prohibit the use of the metal detector instrument as stipulated by law.
(4) The use of a metal detector instrument at a registered archaeological site is considered to be an archaeological exploration activity.
We welcome new ECMD members from Hungary and are looking forward to working with them closely in the future!

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