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Indiana Jones Would Have Loved This Treasure Hunting Handbook
T.R.I.P.S. Treasure Hunting Handbook was launched last month and as I am keen on the hobby of metal detecting I decided to read it. I was pleasantly surprised just how good it was so I thought I’d share my findings in the form of a review for you. In my opinion this e-Book may help if you struggle to find anything whilst treasure hunting?
Hello my name is Claire. On my very first hunt many years ago I got stuck in quick sand, nearly drowned, got covered in oil, mud and soaking wet! Did I find anything, no I did not. To add insult to injury, I dropped my detector in the river and it never worked again. After that fiasco there was no way I was going to hunt again without studying a shed load of information.
So I spent years studying and hanging around with the experts in the field like David Villanueva and the finds became easy. I tell you that not to boast but to explain that, when it comes to hunting for treasure, I’m something of an expert. In recent times, I’ve become the go to person when it comes to treasure hunting and it fair to say, over the last eighteen months, I’ve become obsessed with the subject. I must admit that I was surprised to find a book that covers such comprehensive information on all the key topics of metal detecting all in one book. Additionally, it succinctly delivers the information about my hobby.
It has got an interesting name ‘T.R.I.P.S. Handbook’ which is an acronym for the topics included:
TIPS. This section is labelled ‘Precious Little Gems’. I know everyone loves a good tip whether it is for yourself or to make you look cool passing it on to someone else. Even I learned some valuable tips so it’s my guess it must have been well researched or collected over many years. It is presented in a short, snappy format which will bring some ‘light bulb’ moments even to the most experienced hunters like me. Whilst I’m sure I could have added even more tips to the list, there are more than enough to keep your average hunter happy.
RESOURCES. This section is called the ‘Search Engine Rolodex’. It contains a collection of internet links relating to treasure hunter and metal detecting. I thought this section was invaluable as it includes a list of user maps, soils, site finding, history, finds identification and dowsing. I discovered a fantastic website, which led to nearby land where several Roman gold coins had been found. I suspect a cache is nearby and it is definitely worth investigating. It’s got to be the best armchair hunting I’ve carried out for a long time!
INFORMATION. The Information section is called the ‘Golden Nuggets Section’ listing web links to organization and associations plus websites and forums from all over the world. I could impress my mates by knowing the metal detecting law in New Zealand, or Italy or Holland. Now I won’t say that every decent site is included in the book but the author has made an effort to include the most popular ones. It also contains an A to Z terminology of metal detecting which I personally found pretty basic.However, I was impressed with the special archaeological regulations from around the word.
PERMISSIONS. This section is aptly named ‘Drop Dead Easy Permissions’. I agree with the e-Book’s assertion that most good treasure is found on private land. If you are anything like me, you’ll have previously found an ideal piece of land that you’d love to hunt but you couldn’t get permission. It is one of the most frustrating dilemmas for treasure hunters. The e-Book imparts ideas and ways to approach owners to ask for permission to search their land. It also covers telephone and writing techniques for those of you out there that are not too confident at visiting face to face. I know from experience that this is a mindset that has to be achieved if you are ever going to turn the sites you dream of into a reality. It is by no means ground breaking information but it is sound advice.It also includes useful examples of search agreements recommended by governing bodies of the hobby that you can simply download, print out and use.
SEARCH. This is where the author has, somewhat tongue in cheek, called the ‘Indiana Jones Section’. I remember whilst talking to the famous treasure hunter and author David Villanueva, he told me research was a major key to being a good hunter. I would agree with him. Searching or researching for profitable sites is what will make or break you. The Handbook not only teaches you where to search but how to search in the right places and, in addition, contains hands-on videos so you can see exactly how to do this for yourself.
I believe a lot of hunters overlook the importance of research. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my many years of hunting, it is that you are never going to become an intrepid treasure hunter like Indiana Jones without doing research! Whilst it maybe not the best analogy, you certainly could develop over time, and with practice, the ability to increase precious and valuable finds. Although I have been in the hobby for over 10 years I was still able to learn from this book. It contains a goldmine of tips, resources and information, not only for beginners but for all treasure hunters.
However, the luxury of this particular reference book is that it is available as an e-Book. The format means it can be easily down loaded onto your computer, tablet, e Reader or iPhone enabling you can effortlessly click on all the internet links (of which they are a many) and simply open up the link in a separate web browser for you. I found this e-book so intriguing and was sufficiently impressed that I wanted to provide you guys with this review. I hope you enjoyed the review and found it useful.