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    What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

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    What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 11:43 am

    I have often thought about taking up this pastime as it gets one out in the air and seems to be good exercise too, but I was wondering just how many thousands of hours are spent swinging those beeping machines before anything of any interest or value is found.

    Even if a few metal traces can be found using a metal detector, how many of them will just be old beer-cans or metal scrap ?

    I found a good website that gives a few of these answers and HERE it is.

    I also wondered about how anything dug up that is of any historical or monetary value has to first go to the "Treasure Trove" authorities before the detectorist gets anything back for his time spent.

    Does any of the robsters have any experience of this pastime and what advice would they give someone like me who is planning to take the hobby up ?


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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by zathrus on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 11:56 am

    I find this thread quite amusing, as I used to do that thing after inheriting a machine from a guy that did not want it any more.

    I now know why he did not want it as metal detecting has to be the most boring hobby of them all.

    Walking for miles over farmer's fields hoping for that little beep and only finding rubbish almost every time was mentally destructive for me.

    Anybody want to buy a metal detector machine ?
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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sat 13 Aug 2016, 12:11 pm

    No thanks Zath, but thanks for the offer.

    It is only a certain type of geek that will take up that hobby.

    The drive is the one hoard of gold discovered every few hundred years, but that would not be good enough for me.


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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sun 14 Aug 2016, 12:39 pm

    I don't know if there are any female detectorists, but I also cannot see what the excitement is all about.

    Maybe it is just men that have the qualities needed to wander around beaches and fields in bad weather so that they might one day find a gold coin.

    Sorry, but I cannot see the attraction.
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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 14 Aug 2016, 1:53 pm

    It is the 'nighthawks' which bother me; illegal nighttime detecting on archaeological sites and private land without the owner's permission.
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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 15 Aug 2016, 12:30 pm

    Yes, wherever crime can be inserted into any pass-time it will be.

    Detectoring on proper archeological sites is a simple no-no and the cops should be fly to that one.


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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 15 Aug 2016, 2:12 pm

    The Metal detector does have a part in certain archaeological work; but only when wielded by the archaeologists!
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    Re: What about metal detecting as a pastime then ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 16 Aug 2016, 11:50 am

    I suppose that they do give a service as far as discovering artifacts in farmers fields are concerned and without these people the great historic hoards of gold would never have been found.

    HERE is a Google page that gives a number of links to these discoveries.


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