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Metal Detecting - Best Places to Go

Updated on June 3, 2013

Sometimes we just run out of ideas on where to go metal detecting, and so here are some suggestions of the best places to go.

People lose valuables everywhere they go, and when you consider how many people have walked this Earth over the millennia, you get some idea of just how much treasure there is, just waiting to be found.

From rings to watches to currency, people lose all sorts of things in all sorts of places.

And not just lose of course, many treasures have been deliberately buried for safe-keeping, but with circumstances forcing the owner to never return.

Many hordes of coins, ancient relics and other hidden treasures have been unearthed by metal detectorists over the past few years.

Knowing where to look, and learning the best places to go metal detecting, can mean the difference between success and failure.

Anywhere at all that people gather is generally a great place to start looking for their lost possessions.

  1. Your own backyard - you will be amazed at the number of old coins or lost jewelry you will find.
  2. Parks - parks in days gone by were public meeting places and entertainment centres.
  3. Schoolyards - especially where the school buildings are old. Kids drop coins all the time.
  4. Churchyards - think of all the weddings and funerals that have taken place over the years.
  5. Playgrounds - again kids drop their coins or jewelry, as do their parents.
  6. Fairgrounds - usually grassy areas where people drop loose change.
  7. Picnic Areas - again people are always losing things.
  8. Vehicle Parks - where there are vehicles, there are people.
  9. Amusement Parks - people and loose change, always worth a look.
  10. Under old trees - in bygone eras, trees were common meeting places.
  11. Swimming Areas such as Lakes and Rivers - check out the embankments and access paths, or in the shallows if you have an underwater metal detector.
  12. Seaside Beaches - whether they are much used by sun-worshippers or not, tidal action brings in all sorts of treasures to the shores.
  13. Parking areas - check out the grassy areas nearby.
  14. Children's Summer Camps - kids are always losing things.
  15. Under Ski Lifts - again, popular with people.
  16. Old Military Bases - could make some interesting finds.
  17. Roadside Produce Stands - you would be amazed at how many old coins you will find.
  18. Building sites - anywhere earth is being dug up is potentially a good site. Ask permission first.
  19. Excavation sites - no matter what is being excavated, even if it is foundations for a new building, you should be able to get in there with your metal detector.
  20. Freshly ploughed fields - ask the farmer's permission first, but turned over earth anywhere is a huge work-saver for the detectorist.

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Check out old maps and Google Earth

Other ideas can include buying old maps of your area, and comparing them to modern day maps.

Look for unchanged areas.

It could be a copse of trees, or you might even notice an old building that is gone now, with the map just showing an empty plot.

Examine Google Earth images, and compare them to the old map you have acquired.

Early settlements sometimes show as shadows from aerial photographs, that are otherwise unnoticeable.

Anywhere people once lived, or gathered, is a good place to make finds.

Metal detecting is fun, even if you are not a collector of ancient artefacts.

The joy is in the finding of them.

Knowing the best places to go metal detecting, is half the battle.


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      Metal Detectorist 5 years ago

      I hadn't thought of it. Thanks for giving me the idea :)

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

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      Metal Detectorist 5 years ago

      I can't believe the number of old coins and artefacts I found in my own backyard! Not everyone has a field nearby so that leaves municipal areas, many of which are rich in history. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      You are so right. start in your own back (and front) yard and then wherever you go. It's not necessary to find a "special" place. You have provided some valuable tips.