Successful Detecting Sites: Locate 1000's of Superb Sites and Make More Finds

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Successful sites, according to most metal detectorists, are those with the potential to produce large quantities of quality coins and artefacts from all periods; Bronze Age to modern.Using rare 18th & 19th century sources, David Villanueva has drawn on over 30 years experience in metal detecting and historical research to compile this exciting guide to thousands of potentially successful detecting sites throughout the United Kingdom, with histories stretching back hundreds or even thousands of years. This is the only site guide you will ever need for the author of Site Research explains clearly how to generate a host of successful detecting sites from every place in the guide, which will keep your finds bag overflowing for years to come. And to lead you to these Sites, there is a wealth of valuable information included together with superb facsimilies of 90 highly detailed Victorian maps covering every UK county so you get a complete antique county atlas as well. The maps for England and Wales come from Thomas Dugdale s Curiosities of Great Britain (1846) and are by the reknowned mapmaker Joshua Archer. They contain an abundance of information for the detectorist such as detailing the Hundreds, market towns, manors, polling places, roads, rivers, canals, mail coach routes and the few railways that existed at the time. Also included are many castles, abbeys, priories, Roman sites and even some coin hoards. The maps for Scotland and Northern Ireland come from two Philip s Atlas s published in 1882 and 1883 and are by another famous mapmaker, John Bartholomew. They outline every parish in Scotland and every barony in Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and Isle of Man maps come from the National Gazeteer published in 1868.

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David Villanueva was born in Birmingham in 1951 and grew up in the Midlands. In the early 1970s his mother bought him a copy of Ted Fletcher's book A Fortune Under Your Feet, which inspired him to buy a metal detector - a Goldfinger BFO. The performance was very poor by current standards but it did find coins and David became hooked. A few months later he upgraded to a deeper-seeking machine and became very fond of searching beaches, which were very productive of modern coins and jewellery at the time. In those early days David also took an interest in other forms of treasure hunting including dump digging, SCUBA diving, and gold panning.


Following a move to Whitstable in Kent, David took to nearby beaches with his trusty old Pulsedec, but quickly found that the machine was not well-suited to local conditions - the Pulsedec had no discrimination and there being plenty of iron around. He changed to a locally produced C-Scope 1220B, which worked well on the drier parts of the beaches, and this encouraged him to try out some inland sites.
He joined a metal detecting club and also gained permission to search a small farm, making all sorts of finds that previously he had only read about in Treasure Hunting (hammered silver coins, for instance).
Having long had a keen interest in history David started researching his locality, which led to more productive sites to search and to write about in Treasure Hunting.
Continually delving into local history and following up his research in the field, David suddenly found himself having to report a string of real treasures in the form of caches of Iron Age gold coins and items of Roman, Saxon and medieval gold and silver jewellery. No less than seven of David's finds were recorded under the Treasure Act between 1998-2004. David also has to maintain a shelf full of trophies he is continuously winning at the Swale Search and Recovery Club.
Successful Detecting Sites presents this wealth of useful experience to help you locate better sites and to find more treasure.

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