I havent written a new blog post in a while, so in the mean time, Michael Bernzweig asked if he could contribute to a guest blog post… well here it is.
Daniel Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.
So, you’ve just gotten your new metal detector, but, where can you go to use it? Well, the easy answer is literally, almost anywhere. The type of metal detector does limit you in some regards. For example, if your metal detector isn’t waterproof, you’re not taking it diving with you. However, the reality is, you can pretty much just walk outside and begin searching for treasures.
Outside of that though, where are the best places to go metal detecting? Here are 5 of our favorites!
Old sites can be exciting places to take your metal detector. While many are marked, and may even be local or national historic sites which are off limits to metal detecting, others are privately owned and may be good locations to explore. Many are only found through research, research, and then, some more research! These types of places will almost always require you to determine the rightful owner in order to ask permission to look for treasures on their property, as well as make plans for dealing with any items that are found on the site. That said, old sites are exciting to search and can of course, lead to some of the most unique treasure caches.
The Beach and Other Public Outdoor Recreation Areas
Taking your metal detector out to the beach (as long as it’s properly rated for heavily mineralized ground conditions), lakes, carnivals/fair sites, campgrounds, picnic grounds or parks, sports fields, and other types of locations like these will almost always lead you to at least a few coins, if not a piece of jewelry or three! Of course, many metal detectorists will get even luckier in public recreation areas. Why? People usually change their clothing in some way, and they stash valuables and money while out swimming, playing soccer, etc. Unfortunately, items are often lost at parks and beaches as a result. This is a disappointment for all of us out enjoying our public recreation areas, but, it can lead to great fun for a metal detectorist!
Nowadays, most farms are fairly old places. Not everywhere of course, but for much of the world farms are places that have been around for generations. As a result, old farms can be excellent places to go metal detecting. Finds can be wide and varied and don’t just occur near the current homesite. You may even run into former home sites on some farms and/or old outbuildings that can also be full of treasures waiting to be found.
Anytime the earth is being dug you may find treasures if you have a metal detector. Construction sites, both commercial and residential, are an excellent example of this. The main reason construction sites make such great metal detecting locations is that now you can get much deeper into the ground, even if you already have a really deep seeking metal detector. Construction sites can be dangerous though, so be careful and, as always, be sure to have the property owner’s full permission before heading out. As long as you keep these facts in mind though, you can have an excellent time metal detecting around a construction site.
Right Under Your Nose
As we said, you really can use your metal detector anywhere. As a result, many people overlook those areas that are literally right under their own noses. Places like your own backyard, or the trail you walk down each day with your dog, or your daily route; ordinary locations like these are excellent places to go metal detecting and, often yield the greatest finds simply because they’ve never been searched before.
Wherever you take your metal detector, always remember to be respectful of the land, be sure to fill in your holes, and pack out any trash you find or make. Also, always try to find the rightful owner of the treasures you find whenever possible; which can be as rewarding, and exciting as finding the treasure itself. Always be sure to check the local laws and get permission whenever it is required. And, last but surely not least be sure to have a lot of fun whenever you’re out metal detecting!