As a child I would pore over tales of daring adventurers going in search of treasure troves, either the buried treasure of pirates or the ancient gold of the Incas or the famous Kruger Millions that are said to be hidden somewhere in South Africa. Ancient artifacts and old relics fascinated me and I would dream of uncovering hidden items of rare value. Today, metal detecting provides an opportunity to do just that!
Anyone can go treasure hunting with the great activity of metal detecting.
Metal detecting has become a passion for many treasure-hunting enthusiasts worldwide and it has become an increasingly popular hobby with numerous communities developing both on the internet and in the real world. It's a great idea, if you are new to metal detecting, to join one of these communities as there is loads of help and guidance available to get you going on route to becoming a famous treasure hunter.
Often people question whether there are still old relics or valuable items out there to discover - especially with it being a more and more common sight to see metal detectorists scouring fields and old ruins. The fact is that there are still plenty of undiscovered places, and even those places that have been heavily searched can still yield incredible finds.
When you do begin hunting and search any land, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to be a responsible metal detectorist:
· Always find out who the land that you wish to search on belongs to and obtain permission from the owners directly (not the neighbours). The golden rule is: if you don't have permission from the owners then don't go into the area.
· If you're having difficulties locating the owner of the land then visit the local tax office to see if you can find records that way.
· When you locate the owner and ask permission, you should ideally visit them in person rather than simply emailing or phoning. You should let them see you in person to present your proposal as this will more likely set their minds at ease.
· It's best to explain in detail exactly what you plan to do and why you've chosen their land as a focus. Sometimes owners may want a share of any of the finds you make - you need to negotiate this upfront.
· I suggest that you prepare some documents before you even visit the area. The first document will give you permission to search a particular area. The second document will be an indemnity form that removes any liability from the owner of the property during your visit.
· Once you've obtained the necessary permission, do be sure to respect the property and fill up any holes you've dug as well as removing any rubbish you may have found.