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Metal Detecting Treasures Are Out There!
The feeling that you are on a real treasure hunt is the source of all the excitation of using a metal detector! Coming home with small coins and metal junk on your first excursion for metal detection was probably enough to make you put your metal detector into storage. What about finding some real treasure; what can you do to get something genuinely valuable in your bag?
It is one of the things that you will have to accept and get through that most of what you are going to find really is going to be junk. Unfortunately most of what you find will be trash, at least sixty percent of it. The maximization of value of what you find depends entirely on your skill and knowledge, both of metal detecting and of the area where you are operating your detector.
Anywhere you can find relics from the past, you will also come across great buried treasures. Historical sites can be a treasure trove of old items, everything from coins to buttons to metal pots. Valuable information on any nearby sites of historical interest can be found at your neighborhood library. The internet can also be a source of historical site locations through the search engines. Whole websites are now dedicated to metal detecting as the popularity of this hobby continues to grow and grow. Googling your town's history will produce a wealth of potential spots for you to canvas with your detector. Being aware of exactly what happened in the past in your town is very important. Knowing the events of the past will be very helpful as you fill your bags. Finds are much more interesting if you know a little about the story behind how they came to be where they are. Placing an accurate date on your items will be greatly facilitated by having a knowledge of the history of the site you are digging up.
If you are not interested in doing your own research, you can join a club dedicated to metal detecting. There may be organized trips by the club to particular sites that you can join. All of the guesswork as to the site's history, who controls access to the property and any legislation concerning digging in the area will be eliminated. Other than packing up the necessities, including food and water you can just hop in the car.
A site that seems to have been thoroughly covered by others may still have some potential. A site should be re-examined after a big rain when the ground is very wet. The higher conductivity levels of wet ground can allow deeper items to be detected. Re-visiting sites following a hard winter is also a good idea. The freezing and thawing of the frozen ground can cause changes in the surface, revealing what was previously hidden. New things may come to light.
Randomly walking around with a crying noise in your ears is not all there is to metal detecting. Nothing worth digging up is going to be found if you do not know what you are doing. Get out and join a club and do a lot of research. The people who join metal detecting will not only help you find useful sites, they will share their experience, giving you tips that you would not even imagine exhausted, as they are the kinds of things that only be acquainted through a lot of trips that fail and that succeed.