Treasure hunter's Iron Age find - Just months after taking up metal detecting
An amateur treasure hunter discovered two Iron Age bronze bowls and a wine strainer just months after taking up metal detecting. The rare artefacts, of "great importance for the UK," were discovered in Newport, south Wales, in 2007. Craig Mills came across the items in the Langstone area of the city, just 9 months after he pick up metal detector for the first time. "I didn't realise how significant it was. I was detecting for 9 months before that and I have found nothing like it." They are thought to have been made 25-60 AD and were buried at the time of the Roman army's campaign against the Iron Age Silures tribe of south Wales, between 47-75 AD.
Metal detector hobbyists return lost rings and pockets watches to their owners (Article no longer available from the original source)
Waving their metal detectors the members of the Lancaster Research & Recovery Club turn lost into found. Leon and Leona Ogden have find 400 rings and thousands of coins. George Hickman hit a Civil War-era silver pocket watch and antique toy soldier. And Paul Means has discovered handfuls of lost jewelry. But sometimes when detectorists put their metal detectors into service, the only result is soda-can pull tabs. On March 8 the club invites new metal-detecting hobbyists to a Metal Detecting 101 class. "We pass out magazines on the hobby, have displays on finds, literature on the dos and don'ts and some information on the legalities," explained club president Susan Race.
Increase of metal detectors boosts the number of treasure finds
Popularity of metal detectors increased the number of treasure finds in 2007. A total of 749 objects were reported, says the Treasure Annual Report, which also includes all finds which have passed through the Treasure Process 2005-2006. They include a gold Iron Age choker (worth 360,000 pounds), found by a man searching for remains of crashed World War II aircraft in Nottinghamshire. The choker (the Newark Torc) is the most valuable single piece of treasure found by a member of the public in over a decade. Made of a combination of gold and silver, it was was discovered in 2005 by Maurice Richardson, a metal detecting enthusiast.
Professional treasure hunter shares tips of the trade with students [pdf]
Want to discover gold coins, jewelry and pirate treasure? Open a book. "All treasure hunting starts in the library and ends in the library," revealed professional treasure hunter Scott Mitchen, who visited The Villages Charter Middle School to talk to 6th-grade students about treasure and the importance of reading. Mitchen wanted to search for pirate ships from the time he was a child: "I dreamt of being a treasure hunter when I was a kid. I found a buffalo nickel in my grandfather's yard when I was 10, and that was it." In 1990 he accomplished his dreams when he discovered the 17th-century pirate ship "La Trompeuse."
Treasure hunting in the 21st Century - Geocaching: treasure hunting for grownups
They're everywhere: under a log, in a tree, even in a mannequin's leg. Sometimes a small trinket awaits the finder of the hidden film canisters and other makeshift treasure holders. But most of the high-tech hunters are in it just for the thrill. The game, a new but growing hobby, is geocaching: "geo" meaning earth and "cache" meaning a hidden storage space. Hunters figure out clues and/or use hand-held global positioning system (GPS) devices to guide them to the treasure. "We're using billion-dollar government satellites to hunt for Tupperware," joked Bill Nissen. Hunters and hiders use a Web site, geocaching.com, to post and find caches.
20th Anniversary Treasure Hunt by the Southeast Washington Association of Treasure Hunters (Article no longer available from the original source)
10-year-old Quinton Markel dropped to his knees when his metal detector buzzed, fingering through the grass and bagging his prize: a quarter. He was among 80 treasure hunters spending the weekend scouring the landscape at Horn Rapids Campground at the Southeast Washington Association of Treasure Hunters' 20th Anniversary Treasure Hunt. The hunters, equipped with metal detectors, comb sectioned-off areas to find the bounty hidden by event organizers. For treasure hunters like Steve Tucker, the aim is to at least have the weekend pay for itself and have a little fun.
150 years after the first 49ers stormed California, a new gold rush is sweeping across the U.S.
Raising gold prices, a recession and deep-rooted American optimism have mixed to prompt thousands to head into the hills. With the discovery of gold there in 1848, the California Gold Rush brought 300,000 people into the state, transforming the backwater into the personification of the American Dream. Fewer in number, "new 49ers" may have swapped picks and wagons for suction dredges and mobile homes but many are just as confident they will strike it rich. "What upsets me are the ones who are quitting their jobs to come out here with their families, spending thousands of dollars on equipment," said Mike LaBox, a prospector for 50 years.
Welcome to the World of Metal Detecting
Like most obscure hobbies, metal detecting has inspired fanaticism among its disciples; more than a few loyalists ask to be buried with their detectors. But in recent years metal detecting has reached a wider audience. Newcomers are also attracted to the increasing sophistication and falling prices of the metal detectors. While high-end models cost $1,200 or more, $250 now buys a lightweight detector that tells you what's underfoot (dime, nickel, gold nugget) and how deep to dig. Many detectorists are amateur historians who spend months haunting libraries and old maps to sniff out good sites.