WOW....What a row kicked off regarding the 'Sweetman Hoard'. If your wondering what is the Sweetman Hoard you can read about it here.
To be honest I can't help feeling sorry for the finders because of all the flack they are getting from a minority of people, and can't help thinking what I would have done, or even what most of us would have done differently as to how they handled the hoard. Its all very well sat back now and reflect on what they should have done, but at the time of its discovery its hard to imagine as a metal detectorist the excitement as these valuable pieces were coming to light. At the end of the day the right thing was done and the objects were reported. But come on, put yourself in their shoes, on seeing that first find of a saxon pin, and then finding a saxon brooch your instincts would be to search further for other finds. Thoughts of a hoard may be in the back of your mind but as regards to stopping and thinking I shouldn't be doing this and should stop is overridden by thoughts of wow, excitement, party in my pants time, etc.
In my eyes they did what most of us would have done in the same situation.
All we can do now is reflect on what lessons can be learn't from this experience and reading around on different reports about this hoard there are plenty of 'should have done this' or 'should have done that' flying around. So only good can come from it.
As for the lads who discovered the hoard, well done, an excellent find to be shared with the world.