European Metal Detecting Guide: Techniques, Tips and Treasures

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European metal detectorists know that any given ploughed field can produce hammered silver coins, gold staters, a Celtic brooch, a medieval fibula or a rare treasure worth millions of dollars-such as the Middleham Jewel (seen to left) found with a Garrett detector in England.

Filled with color photos of incredible finds, European Metal Detecting Guide offers sound advice on finding and recovering all types of coins and artefacts, including the varying European antiquities laws. ...

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Overview

European metal detectorists know that any given ploughed field can produce hammered silver coins, gold staters, a Celtic brooch, a medieval fibula or a rare treasure worth millions of dollars-such as the Middleham Jewel (seen to left) found with a Garrett detector in England.

Filled with color photos of incredible finds, European Metal Detecting Guide offers sound advice on finding and recovering all types of coins and artefacts, including the varying European antiquities laws. Testimonials from seasoned detectorists provide advice on where to hunt and what techniques have helped them to become successful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981899169
  • Publisher: Ram Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Foreword Charles Garrett xix

1 Introduction 1

European History Timeline 2

Why Take up Metal Detecting? 13

2 Detector and Searchcoil Basics 21

Early Metal Detectors 21

Detection Technologies: Single vs. Multiple Frequency 22

Searchcoil Essentials 27

All-Metal (Non-Motion) vs. Discrimination (Motion) 40

Target Identification with Motion Detectors 43

Signal Processing 49

Description of Metal Detector Features 50

Purchasing a Metal Detector 54

3 Hunting Tips and Techniques 57

How to Use Your Metal Detector 58

Tips on Proper Scanning 60

Target ID Tips for Discrimination Detectors 65

Target Masking and Discrimination Tips 68

General Hunting Tips 76

Finding Productive Detecting Areas 82

4 Recovering Your Treasures 93

Treasure Recovery Tools 95

Treasure Recovery Techniques 99

Treasure Recovery with a Pinpointer 102

5 European Coin Shooting 107

The Changing Faces of Currency 109

European Coin Hunting Tips 117

6 Historic Hoards 129

Tips on Cache Hunting 137

7 Brooches, Buckles and Buttons 143

8 Rings, Jewelry and Figurines 157

9 Military Artefacts 173

10 Bells, Pins, Odds and Ends 189

11 Sand and Surf Hunting 195

Detector Basics at the Beach l97

Take Advantage of Tides and Treasure Traps 202

12 Prospecting and Specialty Searches 217

Gold Prospecting in Europe 218

Searching for Meteorites 222

Other Special Search Sites in Europe 224

13 Rallies and Clubs 231

Detecting Clubs, Magazines and European Travel 235

UK Rally Experiences 238

14 Cleaning Your Treasures 249

How Should I Clean My Coins and Artefacts? 250

Metal Identification and Cleaning 252

Common Cleaning Methods Described 255

The Kooistra Silver Cleaning Method 257

Final "Polishing-Up"Methods 261

Photographing and Displaying Your Finds 262

15 European Treasure Hunting Laws 265

16 Metal Detectors and Archaeology 279

How Can You Get Involved With History? 282

The Archaeology Process 284

7 Metal Detectorist's Code of Ethics 289

Selected Bibliography 293

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