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!

1 Comment

  1. I was very much looking forward to going metal detecting again after ten years of being away from Europe in Australia, where there is no History.
    However, I will be spending six weeks in my wife’s home country of Hungary. I am English and find that he laws there are quite good concerning detecting. I agree that permission is a good thing to obtain and archeologists and other historians have a right to know what has been found in their own country as this is part of their heritage. However, what I have not seen here in Hungary joining the ECMD is a reference to who benefits from the values of items found!
    If I find something of significant value in England, I will get 50% of the value and the land owner the other 50%.
    If however the government claims all the value and the finder recives nothing or very little, he will sell it on the black market. This way the govenment looses out and the only way to solve this issue is to totaly forbid the use of detectors.
    Am I correct in understanding this?
    My question therefore is, if I come next year to Hungary, should I leave my detector at home?

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