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New to the hobby of metal detecting but don’t know where to turn?  

Are you a 30 year veteran who wants to spread your knowledge to others?  

Found a rare coin or artifact and want to show it off to the world?


Well then you are in luck my dirt digging treasure finding friend.  Today we're talking about your one stop shop to ask ridiculous questions such as “which detector is the best”?  Discuss terminology that needs its own dictionary such as ground phase, recovery speed, and pulse induction.  A place to let your over opinionated personality shine, or perhaps reminisce a tall tale about how you once found a dime at 16 feet deep. Or was that inches?   

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Dowsing and Divining - A Treasure Hunter’s Guide

An intelligent person knows that a tomato is a fruit.  A wise person knows not to include it in a fruit salad.  That is my thought process when it comes to subjects such as dowsing.  I  feel that I am intelligent enough to not use it as my primary (or even secondary) tool in treasure hunting, but wise enough to not dismiss it entirely when I hear of others utilizing it with success.  


I have seen far to many unexplained happenings in my 42 years of life to dismiss even the crazy sounding stuff.  To most people, that is exactly what dowsing is - crazy stuff.

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The Top 5 Gold Rushes of the United States

Gold fever...It can be scoffed at as a figment of the imagination by those who have never seen it at work.  However, to those who have, there is no denying how real it is to those who have the affliction.  No, it does not attack the body like a normal fever.  This fever attacks the mind and perhaps even ones soul.  Often times in maniacal and unexplained ways.   


In the old gold rush days, fever stricken people packed up their belongings, promised their loved ones a new life, only to travel thousands of miles away in search of the rare and elusive yellow metal.  The vast majority of these sudden prospectors and miners ended up spending more on equipment and travel than they would ever recover. Bankruptcy and failure the only hole that they dug themselves into..But some struck it RICH!

Better to have tried and fail - than to never try at all.  At least that is what they said to their lovedones when they return with next to nothing.  Many so broken and beaten by gold fever, that they did unthinkable things to put some yellow in their pockets.

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The Best Metal Detectors I have Ever Used

When looking back at the last few years of metal detecting, I consider myself pretty darn lucky for a number of reasons.  My wife loves the hobby almost as much as I do.   My loyal YouTube fans have become personal friends.  My finds table has some pretty amazing finds.

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How To Find Places to Dig for Bottles and Other Treasure


Brandon Nicholas aka. Southern Diggers on YouTube and Instagram is an avid second generation bottle digger and treasure hunter. Back in the 1970's and 80's Brandon's father was an avid bottle hunter and digger mainly in the Birmingham area of Alabama. Naturally, the love of bottle and treasure hunting rubbed off on Brandon.

In this video Brandon describes different techniques he uses to locate prime bottle hunting locations. He uses a combination of word of mouth, Sanborn maps and walking creeks to locate old forgotten dumps, which are prime bottle hunting areas. Watch the video for all the details.

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Happy hunting!


Detectorists Find a Horde of Gold Roman Coins, Or Not

According to The Telegraph, Paul Adams and Andy Sampson recently unearthed what they believed to be a hoard of Roman gold coins.

"ROMAN GOLD! ROMAN GOLD!" Sampson looked up to see Adam's performing a "Gold Jig" which all detectorsits yearn to do at least once in their metal detecting years. When Sampson arrived at the hole Adams had dug he was stunned to see what appeared to be 54 gold roman coins!

However, and we detectorists understand this well...what appears to be, is not always so. Apparently a BBC film crew had filmed an episode of the hit comedy series Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, and sadly Adams and Sampson's "Roman gold hoard" turned out to be forgotten props.

As quoted in the Telegraph, Mr. Mackenzie Crook probably summed up all of our feelings for the situation Adams and Sampson found themselves in by saying "As a detectorist myself, I'd like to assure these gentlemen that I was gutted that I might have contributed to their disappointment. I hope they continue searching and I hope they find their real gold soon."

Click here to read The Telegraph's article: Metal Detectorists Stumble on Treasure Trove of Roman gold, or so they think


© Photo BBC Detectorist 

Tobey Jones (Lance) and Mackenzie Crook (Andy) from the hit BBC series Detectorist


Is a Metal Detecting Site Ever Truly Hunted Out

If there is one myth in this hobby that needs to be debunked, it is that a metal detecting site is ever truly “hunted out” by a single detector running with a single coil.  There is no such thing as far as I am concerned.  In fact, I take it as a personal challenge to show the people making that statement just how wrong they are.  

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