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Is it better to start with an entry level or an expensive metal detector?

So you’re interested in metal detecting! Do you start with an entry level machine or a more expensive machine. We look into the pros and cons!

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Family metal detecting

Metal detecting with kids – The perfect family activity

Metal detecting can be a fantastic and rewarding hobby for the whole family. It can form bonds, spark interest in learning and provide excitement for youngsters. We look into detecting as a family a bit deeper.

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Roman Hoard

Unearthing the debate: Metal detecting’s impact on archaeology, the benefits and controversies

The relationship between the metal detecting community and archaeologists can often be strained be our contribution cannot be denied. We look into this further.

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Unearthing dangerous items whilst metal detecting

Unearthing danger – What to do if you find a dangerous object metal detecting?

With a wealth of history under our feet, there can be a good chance finding something that could be dangerous. We look into the do’s and don’ts on discovering these items!

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Belt Buckles

Medieval buckles

Buckles can span through several different eras and be a window into life and fashions at a particular time. They are quite common finds for metal detectorists but always remain a welcome find to many. We look a little deeper into these interesting finds.

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British Coins

British Coins

In the UK, were are lucky enough to have a wealth of history beneath our feet. Learning to recognise a particular monarch on a freshly unearthed coin is immensely satisfying. We look further into monarchs heads and their reigns.

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Lead tokens

Lead Tokens

Easily made with unique designs, lead tokens have been used for over a thousand years for a number of reasons. As a common find for a metal detectorist, we look at these disc shaped windows into our history.

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Finds Liaison Officer

Finds Liaison Officer

In the UK, recording historic finds is extremely important, even more so if it potentially is treasure. The Finds Liaison Officer is a critical bridge between the finder and the logging process. We look more into the FLO’s role.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Recording any significant find is crucial for every metal detectorist. Without detectorists, history would be lost. We look at the two main metal detecting finds databases and the benefits of using them.

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Coin collecting

Coin collecting UK

Coin collecting is a popular hobby with a huge following and community. Metal detecting can be a way of increasing a collection and make it more personal to you. We look into the benefits of this great hobby.

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What hobby should I try

What hobby should I try? (2023)

There can be many benefits to having a hobby. With so many to choose from, we put forward metal detecting as a great choice to think about!

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Roman brooch types

Roman brooch types

One of the many finds a UK detectorist might uncover is a Roman brooch. There are many types and variations but we look into the most common types.

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metal detecting clubs near me

Metal detecting clubs near me

Joining a metal detecting has many benefits. We look into those and give you a comprehensive list of metal detecting clubs in your area.

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metal detecting magazines | The Searcher magazine | Treasure Hunting magazine

Metal Detecting Magazines – The UK choices

Metal detecting magazines can be a vital resource packed with knowledge and news. We look into what’s available and some free magazines too!

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Can a metal detect gold

What can a metal detector detect?

There can sometimes be confusion about what metal detectors will actually detect. We answer some of the most common questions.

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Can you metal detect in the rain?

Metal detecting in the rain, even though uncomfortable can yield some benefits and boost a detectors performance. We delve a bit deeper into this.

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Treasure definition – What does it mean?

We all dream of finding treasure however there is a legal procedure to follow when it’s found. We go through the process of what to do.

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Can metal detectors detect aluminium?

Rejecting aluminium has pros and cons. We look into sometimes discriminating aluminium, especially foil could limit your finds rate.

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Anglo Saxons & Vikings – The differences and metal detecting finds!

Along with Romans, the Anglo Saxons and Vikings have left us with a wealth of treasure beneath our feet. We take a brief look into our history and coins.

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Hammered British Coins – The elusive targets!

Hammered coins in the UK are considered the Holy Grail by detectorists due to their difficulty of detection. We look into them a bit further.

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Roman coins facts

The feeling it gives you finding a Roman coin or artefact is fantastic. Thinking you are the first person to hold that for possibly 1,800 years. We look into them a little more.

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Metal detecting apps

Mobile apps can be really useful when out detecting from using GPS mapping, giving old map information, logging your route and finds to giving tide times. We look further.

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Metal detecting news

Metal detecting news items are great for moral and also promoting responsible metal detecting. Here are some success stories!

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Metal detector depth – How deep do you need?

Metal detector depth is an emotive subject which can sometimes cloud our judgement. Many factors effect depth and we explore them.

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Metal detecting rules UK – Code of practice

The rules for metal detecting are covered in law and also in a general code of practice promoting responsibility. We take a look at the important aspects.

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Metal detecting for beginners UK – Where to start

In this article I cover all of the aspects that need to be considered when starting out metal detecting in UK from equipment, the law and accessories to getting into a mindset!

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Metal detecting research tips – 7 Essential resources!

Carrying out historical research is not only interesting but can also increase your finds rate exponentially. I show you 7 essential resources to help.

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Beach Metal Detecting UK – Top tips!

Beach metal detecting can be one of the best and one of the most challenging pastimes. We share our knowledge to get the best from your time.

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Is metal detecting legal?

Metal detecting is a great hobby but if carried out without thinking of certain aspects, you can land yourself in hot water! We discuss the law around metal detecting and how it can be done responsibly.

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Is metal detecting worth it?

There are many benefits to the hobby of metal detecting. These include mental, physical, educational and possibly financial. We discuss them all.

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