Category Archives: Treasure Hunting

The amateur metal detectorist

I’m no longer an amateur metal detectorist. I’ve had four trips out now with my metal detector and on the last last trip I found a ring pull from a drinks can. This is the holy grail of finds. It will be pride of place in my collection, well at least until I find a bottle top.
I also found a biggish lump of metal. Into my finds jar they have both gone.
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Treasures of County Durham

On my third trip out with my metal detector, I struck gold. O.K. that may be a bit of an exaggeration but I did find three bits of metal.
Hence forth these will be called my Bronze Age Collection, well at least that is what I’m going to call them when I put them for sale on Ebay LOL
I have a funny feeling I’ll be finding more bits of scrap metal. It won’t go to waste. It is going to be put in a glass jar and displayed next to our sea glass collection.
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Treasure Hunting in East Durham – My First Foray – Seben Deep Target Metal Detector

A little while ago I won £100.
I could have spent it on lots of wine and beer, but instead decided to invest my win in a metal detector.
The basic model I chose is the Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector.
I thought wine today, or gold and silver everyday – a positive attitude is always a good thing.
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My first foray into treasure hunting was a trip down to the local beach here in Easington Colliery. Despite being convinced I’d find a chest full of old gold coins, I came away empty handed, but at least it give me a chance to get used to using my new metal detector.

The next morning Mrs. R, Barley, and I headed up the coast to Hawthorn Dene and Hawthorn Burn.
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Once the 3 of us had clambered down to the beach, I went into full ‘treasure hunter mode’. Barley went into full ‘find a dead fish and roll in it mode’. Barley was a lot more successful then I was.
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The metal detector did register a really strong signal at one point. I told myself, this is it, untold treasures are just under the sand. After lots and lots of digging, I found a large piece of slag metal. It must of weighed at least 4kg+. I would have kept it, but did not fancy humping it on the 45 minute walk back home.
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Day one and two of being a treasure hunter have yielded zero treasure.
So, maybe I should have spent the money on beer and wine.
Anyone want to swap a hardly used Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector for a few bottles of wine?
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I will endeavour with the treasure hunting.
There must be ‘Gold in them thar hills’.