A Beginners Guide To Metal Detecting [Part 3]

Great place to search for items are around trees, ridges on top of hills, tops of valleys, mounds, the bottom of hills and dips in the ground. Areas where there may have previously been a strategic strong hold such as the top of a hill can often be the best places to look. Also, the banks of small rivers and streams are always really good for detecting because people tend to like to sit in those areas. Always check the spoil outside of an animals home as they tend to kick up things that are really down low in the ground and it has been known to find items in these locations.

If you are unable to detect any particular points of interest in a field, you can always just wander at random and detect anywhere and everywhere in the hope that you get lucky. If you notice a particular hot stop area where there are a few coins or buttons, it is a good idea to search it more thoroughly by picking a reference point on the horizon and covering it in straight lines by going up and down. When doing this, you need to make sure that the out swing of your detector is going to be on your next pathway. GPS phone apps are very useful when doing this, so that you have a record of exactly where you have covered. It can take a number of days to properly cover a single field, so take your time and make sure that you do not miss anything important.

If you want to be more thorough, you can use stumps and ropes to make lines from one area to another and move it around the field as you go. Doing this is a good way to increase your find rate, although it is a very slow method. Older detectorists tend to favour this method, although to cover a field completely is can sometimes take up to a full year. The problem with this method is that once a plough has gone over a field, the while process has to start again as the plough will bring things up from underneath.

A field is never truly done as it will constantly regurgitate items and artefacts and bring them to the level that your metal detector can notice them.

Digging Your Target

Once you have found a target, you should move around it and investigate to find the centre. Make sure that you do not dig directly over the centre of the target as yo do not want to put your space straight through it, damaging it. Instead you should form a plug around the target and leverage the ground carefully in a way which makes it easy to replace. If you are lucky, the target may be in the plug, so check again with your detector to find out. At this point you can place your detector on it’s side and move the soil towards it bit by bit until you find the item.

Read the final part of our Beginners Guide To Metal Detecting.