Historic England says treasure hunters have left more than 50 holes along stretch of the wall

Treasure hunters have damaged a 1,900-year-old stretch of Hadrian’s Wall by digging illicitly for ancient artefacts, according to experts.

Historic England said a surge in “nighthawk” metal detectorists searching illegally for Roman loot under the cover of darkness had left more than 50 holes around Brunton Turret, one of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, which was built by the 20th Legion of the Roman army.

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