Author Archives: David

Repairing Coins and Artefacts

George handed me a 2 x 2 inch card­board coin holder and, with tears in his eyes, said: “Can you mend this for me?” I looked, in horror, at what appeared to be the shattered remains of a coin as George explained that it was once an Iron Age silver unit that he had been […]

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Dowsing for detectorists PART 1: THE L-ROD

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet 1:5 I would imagine that all detectorists have an interest in improving the quality and quantity of their finds. Yet very few make use of a free technology that can bring spectacular results when employed alongside a metal […]

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Pinpoint Probes

Following on from a previous blog, I am pleased to report that the repair I carried out on my Garrett Pro-pointer has worked and the probe is back in service. There are some YouTube videos which show you how to fix the fairly common falsing problem, which is caused by some bare wires shorting out. […]

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Revising the definition of treasure in the Treasure Act 1996 and revising the related codes of practice

The UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which is ultimately responsible for the Treasure Act and Code of Practice, has produced a consultation document outlining proposed changes.  While much of the proposals are little more than housekeeping there are some material changes that are of some concern. At present, treasure is defined, […]

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Pinpoint Probes

Garrett Pro-Pointer An extremely useful metal detecting accessory is an electronic pinpoint probe; a hand-held miniature metal detector, identifying all metal by audio and vibrating. This gadget helps identify the exact position of the find in and out of the ground so you can not only avoid damaging your find but speed up find extraction […]

Categories: Editorial, Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

Diamond Orbs

In The Successful Treasure Hunter’s Secret Manual, I looked at thermal and electrical conductivity as a possible explanation as to why some metals produce stronger auras than others. What I discovered through experimentation is that different metals produce different auras and fortunately precious metals produce the strongest auras. In other words a smaller amount of gold […]

Categories: Orbs, Treasure Auras, Treasure Hunting

Round Pounds

The new 12-sided £1 coin became legal tender on 28 March 2017. The round £1 coin lost its legal tender status at midnight on 15 October 2017. There are still 169 million out there, which have not been returned to the mint. I am sure we will be finding them with our metal detectors for […]

Categories: Editorial, Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

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Categories: Gold, Orbs, Treasure Auras, Treasure Hunting, X-Factor

Treasure Hunting for Profit: With and Without a Metal Detector

BOOK DESCRIPTION If your dreams of finding treasure result in next to nothing, then this book is for you. David Villanueva draws on his 40 plus years experience to show you how and where to find, and profit from, many types of lost or hidden valuables in Britain, all year round. Treasure hunting is one […]

Categories: Gold, Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

Finding Personal Losses

Photo by Thomas Quine (Lady’s Rolex) [CC BY 2.0  (], via Wikimedia Commons The Swale Search and Recovery Metal Detecting Club I chair, offers a free search and recovery service for personal items, tractor parts, buried drain covers and the like. The most unlikely item I have been asked to find was a cricket pitch! […]

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