Common Sense and Deductive Reasoning Are the Trademarks of Every Continually Successful Treasure Hunter/Detectorist

Common Sense and Deductive Reasoning Are the Trademarks of Every Continually Successful Treasure Hunter/Detectorist

It is absolutely true that “Dumb Luck” strikes a Treasure Hunter like lightning does on rare occasions and they find… or stumble upon… a valuable cache of treasure even though they were doing a number of things wrong in the way they were going about searching for treasures. The odds of that finder being you are about…

Tips for Metal Detecting Old Homesites – Part 2

Tips for Metal Detecting Old Homesites – Part 2

Let’s assume for talking purposes here, that if you are a newbie to metal detecting, time has passed and you followed my advice given in Part 1 of this article about avoiding long gone homesites and so you have hunted only those still standing, up to now.  You have chalked up over a hundred hours…

Want to Maximize Your Metal Detecting Finds? “Do the Math!”

Want to Maximize Your Metal Detecting Finds? “Do the Math!”

I realize going in that some parts of this article will be considered “controversial” by some detectorists who let their emotions rule their head when it comes to how they metal detect.  I think we all start out that way when we first begin detecting but, in my case, I now have had nearly 50…

Metal Detecting: The “2-Hour Rule” That Takes “Treasure Out of Trash!”

Metal Detecting: The “2-Hour Rule” That Takes “Treasure Out of Trash!”

All of us encounter metal detecting sites that contain heavy amounts of metal trash beneath their surface.  The amount of trash signals present vary greatly from site to site depending on how long it saw use and what occurred on that site in the way of activities by the people who once occupied it.   For…

How to Find Civil War Artifacts Metal Detecting in Any State

How to Find Civil War Artifacts Metal Detecting in Any State

If you were to take a guess, what would you say is the biggest obstacle that is preventing you from finding great Civil War (or any of our other wars) properties to metal detect? Would you say… permissions?  Or… what about if where you are located in the U.S. where there were few or no…

The Joy Of Metal Detecting “Worked-out” Sites

The Joy Of Metal Detecting “Worked-out” Sites

A little over forty-four years ago, I found my very first Civil War battle artifacts with a metal detector on the Perryville, Kentucky battlefield.  While that day’s results were not much to brag about, as I only found one fired 3-ring Minie Ball and one iron canister shot fired out of a Confederate cannon for…