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Metal Detecting Tips

Here are some proven treasure hunting tips for artifact and coin hunting in the UK!
One or two trips across a field without any good finds doesn't mean there's nothing in the field. Because the land has been used for over 2000 years, most fields have good relics and coins hidden on them. Some of the fields are large and your first thought might be to take off fast and not overlap your sweeps. This would be a common mistake and could cause you to miss most of the targets because you will either not get the coil over the target or you will be going too fast to hear the smaller targets.

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Another hint or tip would be, as you're going along, if you start finding lead or coke or spotting broken pottery, this could be a good sign for you of past activities or concentrations of people. Many coins and relics have been found in these areas for the patient treasure hunter.

All the trash items you dig up, please remove them, or you and your treasure buddy may dig them over and over again, year after year. Also, there might be another target hiding under it. Remember, the ground gets cycled or moved by the plow each season, bringing artifacts and coins up for your discovery.

When you find a coin or nice relic it is recommended to grid a small area around the find. A proven method is to walk slow, in half steps and overlap your coil sweeps. Keep track of where you have been in your grid by using your foot prints or if needed draw, mark, stake or use land marks for your grid square. Also, to grid or detect in the opposite direction or to use a different machine can reveal additional relics. If you turn up more items, then expanding the grid would be a good idea.

Of all the treasure hunting tips UK, this is of prime importance!
Unlike hunting for U.S. coins were you may choose to set you discrimination levels high to avoid digging unwanted signals, in England keep your discrimination levels low. Here's why. The Celtic, small hammered silver, and bronze Roman coins may range in the nickel, and pull tab, and tin foil, discrimination range and can be very faint signals. With high discrimination levels a person will pass right over, not hearing them. The smallest coins and cut hammered coins will read as tin foil. When in doubt, dig. You may discover your best find ever. In most cases the larger loops that come with your machine helps for depth and ground coverage. Smaller loops may be appropriate for stubble fields in some cases. If you have any questions as to which detectors or equipment you may want to bring, feel free to email or call.

Here are some metal detecting hints tips in regards to treasure cache hunting in the UK
Many cache/hoards have and will be found in England.
It is recommended all large deep targets be dug. Some machines may indicate these targets as an overload signal. Try to avoid giving up the dig. You may discover a nice relic like a crotal bell, or even a hoard/cache of coins or jewelry. When a hoard/cache is discovered try not to disturb the find and find area. Seek help from your tour guide and the local authorities for proper recovery, documentation and recording.

Public beaches metal detecting tips
First: research whether or not a beach is private or public. If it is private make sure you have permission! If you're looking for modern treasure, you may want to visit the beach and note where the majority of the people are sun bathing, playing, or swimming. This is the place where you should search to discover recent losses such as jewelry or coins.

When seeking older finds, here's some tips
Where the sand is very deep, there is very little chance of discovering old finds. Try to find areas where the sand and shingle levels are low, (not deep) or where the hardpack may be exposed. Most beaches have a hard surface below the sand and shingle, and this is where the majority of the older finds will be found because coins and artifacts quickly sink down through the upper layers of the beach. Research old boat landing sites or if you know of a beach where shipwrecks are known, search these beaches thoroughly after any storms. You may need to set the discrimination level so that it ignores the salt, or reduce the sensitivity as well with some detectors. Search parallel to the sea. By doing this, the sand you cover isn't going between dry and wet, making some detectors loose balance all the time. Look for patches of black sand on the beach because this is a good sign that the top layers of sand have been washed away and you can get to the lower levels and therefore the older finds. Make sure you don't leave any holes, even on the beaches. Always take away all the trash you find!


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