Beginner's Guide to Metal Detecting by Julian Evan-Hart & Dave Stuckey
Just started detecting? Thinking of becoming a detectorist? THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
Completely updated in 2023 Beginner's Guide has been written by experienced detectorists to give the newcomer to metal detecting everything they need to know to get the best out of this fascinating hobby.
Different types of Detectors available
Where to detect
Identifying, Recording, Cleaning, Storing & Displaying finds
Metal Detecting - All you need to know to get started
by Dave Crisp
This is the perfect book for anyone interested in metal detecting, Written by Dave Crisp, Finder of the 2010 Frome Hoard, it gives invaluable information for any detectorist, from the absolute beginner, to those with years of experience. Written in a humerous, easy to read style, and packed with information to help you get the most out our great hobby! Including two amazing chapters on how the Frome hoard was found.
In 2010 Dave Crisp received international recognition when he found the Frome Hoard, the largest single hoard of Roman coins ever - 52,503 in total! He has been a passionate metal detectorist for over 30 years. Here he has written a full guide in his own unique style, to help newcomers to the hobby.
The book covers all you need to know to get started. Topics covered include a history of the hobby, testing basic detectors and information about the organisations involved in metal detecting, as well as where to search and how to get permission. There are useful tips on how to detect and a chapter showing the coins and artefacts that can be found. It also details the procedure to follow to record your finds with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)
There is also a complete chapter covering the discovery of the Frome hoard. From the very first day finding just a few Roman silver coins, to unearthing the hoard itself and the events that followed over the next eighteen months. The book has over 40 humorous sketches and illustrations and over 200 full colour photographs.
235mm x 150mm, 184 pages, £12.95 ISBN 978 1 897738 474
Cleaning Coins & Artefacts by David Villanueva sets out to show you what you can safely do to clean & preserve metal detector finds. Whilst recognising that finds of significant monetary or historical value are best left to experts there is much that can be done to preserve, conserve and display your finds.
The chapter headings give you an idea of the coverage of this title:
- In The Field
- Map Reading
- Safe Storage
- Identification & Assessment
- Introduction To Cleaning Finds
- Mechanical Cleaning
- Chemical Cleaning and Conservation
- Repair, Restoration and Replication
- Photographing Your Finds
- Storage And Display
- The Treasure Act
- Bibliography and Suppliers
A5 (210 x 148mm)
ISBN 978 1 897738 337
In Reading Land the author, Ted Fletcher, aims to draw the readers attention to the sites (which he calls "nodal points of communication") where people have congregated in the past and where, by definition, the occurrence of casual losses of coins, jewellery, artefacts etc increases dramatically.
This A5 title of 100 pages has 57 informative illustrations and is sure to help you locate the most productive areas to search with a detector or eyes only.
The chapter headings give you a good idea of the content:
Introduction, Barns, Cropmarks, Reused Building Materials, Pollards & Coppices, Vanished Industries, Windmills & Watermills, Crop Recognition, Droving Routes, Stiles, Manor Farms, Ponds, Converging Routes, Elevated Ground, Churchyard Walls, Hollow-Ways & Hedgebanks, Nettles & Elders, Trees & Hedgerow Shrubs, Moated Sites, Eyes-Only Techniques, Reading Maps, Boundary Lines, Isolated Churches, Farm Gates, Monastic Sites, Rural Allotments, Rivers & Streams, Named Meeting Places, Farm Shops & Pick-Your-Own Sites, Motte & Bailey Sites, Modern Farming Techniques, Vanished Mansions, Prosperous Villages
Ted Fletcher, one of Britain's most popular writers of how-to-do-it books for detector users, has combined brilliant colour photography with easy-to follow instructions that will guide every reader to spots on British and north European tidal rivers where more than 2000 years of human activity has left a wealth of fascinating losses and throwaways between the high and low water lines.
The rivers around our coastline have frequently been flooded in recent years. Millions of gallons of rain water, combining with the effects of exceptionally high tides, have stripped many estuaries and tidal river banks of mud, sand and gravel to expose numerous coins and artifacts to the eyes and hands of experienced mud larks and detectorists who know where to hunt for them. Now, thanks to a book that is packed with detailed illustrations showing precisely what clues to look for on tidal rivers, any reader can become an expert on mudlarking and riverside detecting.