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Metal Detecting... for beginners, where do you start? first of all welcome to a great hobby, plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Now let's get down to the essentials.

1. A Metal Detector... New Ferrari or decent secondhand model with a lot of life init ???. Well it's up to you, plenty of bargains to be had on the internet, or take a look at Ebay, lots on there every week. Allso take a look at our links, Normally you get what you pay for. From £1,200 to £200. DetecnicksLtd is a independent retailer and can offer impartial advice on the choices available within the ranges of all the major manufacturers.

I am now going to assume you have a metal detector, let's take it for a spin (Back Garden) what did you find a few old nailes from when you put up the garden shed, a pound coin you lost at the barbecue. well that took most of us about 30 minutes. What next.


The key to good metal detecting finds, is a good metal detecting site.

It's that simple.

The biggest problem people have is locating a site which has some history, is it takes time and research, we have the answer.

The Basics Of Metal Detecting.



  • Findspots of Roman Coin Hoards.

  • Sites of Roman Villas, Forts, Buildings, Settlements, Cemeteries.

  • Sites of British Battlefields

  • Findspots of Bronze Age and Iron Age Artifacts.

  • Sites of Deserted Medieval Villages


2. Where to go metal detecting ??? Have a look at Google Earth you can download it FREE from our home page. Over two years of research has gone in to producing our web site, I think it is without doubt the best starting point for all research. Metal Detectors Search CD contains over 28,000 sites just imagine how it looks on Google Earth it is amazing. So try our Google Earth Placemarkers, 100 sites for FREE see form below.

To increase your chances of a successful find 10 times over, you need to know the history of your location.

Stop wasting your time taking an expensive piece of metal detecting equipment into a field that as just been ploughed for 200 years, all you will find is the occasional horse shoe and a broken piece of farm plant.

Even if you can't get permission to metal detect the field that once located a Medieval Deserted Village, you are better off metal detecting in the field next to it. 

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Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting inEngland and Wales

Code of Conduct...

Treasure Trove was originally defined as gold or silver in any form, whether coin, plate or bullion which had been hidden and rediscovered, and which no person could prove he or she owned.

The Treasure Trove law was replaced by the Treasure Act in 1996.

If you find treasure there is a legal obligation to report it.

The British Museum decides if a found item falls under the treasure act, and then the local coroner holds an inquest to decide who is the legal finder of the treasure.

If the museum decides to buy the treasure, it must pay the finder its full value.

However, most metal detectors agree to split any money from treasure found 50/50 with the landowner where the treasure was found.




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