I’ve begun to notice that more and more treasure hunters are now heading “out of town” to detect. “Rural” seems to be the key word now, as in open fields and wooded areas. Places where one might find the remnants of an old homesite or cellar hole, or just an off chance dropped coin or relic.
I’d like to think this move to the country is because of the potential it offers, but my gut tells me it’s because we are losing ground in the urban areas thanks to our careless recovery techniques, negligence and disrespect for others.
One by one we are losing our access to parks, and other community areas. Of course some times these restrictions are the result of overzealoous achaeologists, who want us to disappear completely, or elected officials who simply do not understand what it is we do, or who cave in to special interests.
I think it’s great that many detecting clubs now hold monthly hunts for their members in these rural areas, charging one or two members each month to be responsible for finding them. All of these of course are held with the landowner’s permission (a few clubs pay a fee for the privilege), and yes I am well aware these sites will never match those in the UK, but they do offer a day of detecting without looking over your shoulder, and some times a few unexpected surprises. Another plus? Peace and quiet!
Over the years I have hunted plowed and furrowed fields as well as heavily wooded areas, thoroughly enjoying the experience, and sometimes coming home with one or two totally unexpected, valuable finds. I highly recommend a “walk in the woods”.
Remember that when driving the countryside what you see from the road does not always tell the story of what lies further in, and in my mind, it’s the next frontier for many of us (if you haven’t already viewed it, check out the video by Todd Hiltz that I posted here on March 29th).
NEW CLUB FORMING
If you detect and live in the Witchita, Kansas area a new club is forming. To Lean more be sure to visit Steve’s Sunken Treasures. Steve’s blog is a good one as well, and I recommend adding it to your list of favorites.
THE “TINFOIL TIMES” FROM THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB
I like to share some of the better club newsletters from time to time, and the Tin Foil Times is one of those.
Thanks to, and congratulations to, Linda Bennett, the newsletter editor. Great job Linda!