Treasure hunters told to stop using metal detectors on Antigua’s beaches


The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a warning to treasure hunters who are moving historical artifacts from the country for personal gain.

The government said in a brief statement today that the unauthorized use of metal detectors, by tourists and nationals alike, “to unearth artifacts buried under the sand and on shorelines, is contrary to law and is to be discontinued.”

The state is of the belief that important historical and cultural heritage items, found by strangers and others, are being exported from Antigua contrary to the law.

“There is to be no use of metal detectors on Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches and shorelines, or other places where objects from the past may be buried, for personal gain,” the government warns.

It is expected that hotels and cruise-liners will alert their customers to this prohibition.