This article focuses on survey responses and Finnish metal-detector hobbyists' thoughts on finds that are not taken into archaeological collections. Such finds are usually post-medieval artefacts that could potentially be relevant for historical and contemporary archaeology in the future. Analysis of the survey responses suggests that metal detectorists are actively creating stories around objects and the sites where they are found. Together with the discovery event, these stories shape the detectorists' relationship with the objects and thus with the past. Understanding the detectorists' emotional approach to finds and the hobby may help build a shared understanding and thus provide tools for successful collaboration. At the same time, it is essential to consider how different approaches to finds and find locations may affect archaeological contexts and data.
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