Back in about 1995 I took a trip to one of the more ruined sections of Hadrian's Wall with my then girlfriend - I can't remember exactly where, but we'd been to the Long Meg circle and headed due north. Anyway, she suddenly decided she wanted a souvenir. I remember thinking it was a bad move then - just one of those things you shouldn't do.
Rightly or wrongly, I shrugged and let her get on with it - she was kinda mental so stopping her would've been futile. She started digging with her nails - I mean, considering she was also very much into her looks, very feminine, pristinely clean and always wore the wrong shoes, the actual sight of her doing this was insane in itself.
But dig she did, and before I knew it she'd uprooted the brick you see here - and that was it, she immediately lost interest. It sat in my car for months, well right up until I got rid of the car, and then it sat on my fireplace for years, and when I got rid of the fireplace it went on a shelf and sat there for even more time. When I moved in June it came with me.
Having a slightly different set of ethics nowadays, I'm, like "What do I do?" My email to English Heritage was ignored, so I'll assume they're not bothered.
So, do I hand it in personally, hand myself in, hand her in, leave it, wait until I next go up north and drop it back in to a nearby slot somewhere ... or do stick it back on my shelf, confident that I'll always have a story about the crazy, non-archaeologist, ancient monument, brick-stealing ex girlfriend?
(Incidentally me and the girl split up in 1996)