We should ALWAYS record. No matter the delay. My experience of group finds over the past few years has been excellent, with finds moving through the system quickly.
But- The BBC reports, Pete Beasley, an enthusiast from Hampshire, said it was taking years for discoveries to be processed and as a result some people had stopped handing their finds to the authorities.
The British Museum said the process was taking longer because of Covid restrictions.
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The public can face an unlimited fine or up to three months in prison for failing to reporting treasure.