Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Speaker At Our April 21st Monday Meeting

Archaeologist Dr. Richard Veit
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of History and Present Anthropology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ will our guest speaker at our meeting on Monday April 21st. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  So if you have been thinking about coming to one of our meetings, this is the one you should not miss. Visitors are always welcome.
Dr. Veit has taught at Monmouth University since 1997.  He has taught  courses on anthropology, archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans and historic preservation.  

Some of the Courses Recently Taught
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology 
  • New Jersey History 
  • North American Indians 
  • Historical Archaeology 
  • Archaeological Field Methods 
  • Historical Archaeology 
  • New Jersey History

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

No Metal Detecting in Cranbury Township Parks

The Township of Cranbury NJ in Middlesex County does not allow use of metal detectors in their parks.  It is extremely unfortunate that they have imposed this regulation on the metal detecting community.

Read the complete set of regulations:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TITANIC Sand Scoop Will Never Sink

The Scoop 
*16 gauge Stainless Steel 

*Foam filled to float upright next to you!
* Virtually indestructible
* Multiple Hand positions for ease of use
 * May be used either left or right handed
* Handle may be removed from the scoop without tools
 * Choice of colors * Black * Blue * Orange 

Super strong shaft 
*48 inches overall length 

 * 3/16 inch thick wall    * 1 1/8 inch O.D.    * 7/8 inch I.D. 
* 50 + 3/8 inch quick drain holes
* 7 ¾ inch wide 8 inch deep and 4 inches high * Built in handle to grip while classifying trash from treasure
* Secondary viewing tray to 
spread out  contents of the scoop, contains nearly a thousand 1/8 inch drain 

* Side guides to prevent good targets from washing out early
* Flattened base allows skimming floaters and also digging deep

* Weighs 6.5 pounds 

Navigate to the Deerfield Detectors website and view their video

How Do You Swing…Your Metal Detector ?

OK there is a right way and wrong way to swing your metal detector. If you are doing it incorrectly your chances of finding anything good gets less and less.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not swinging correctly. 
Before you start swinging your metal detector you should  make sure the shaft length of your metal detector is set to the correct length. The coil of your metal detector should be parallel to the ground and just out in front of you.

Once your metal detector it set to a comfortable length you can begin your swing, with one thing in mind. When you are going through your sweep try to stay focused on the position of your search coil. It should remain as level as possible with the earth has you sweep. 
Remember you are not playing Golf
It is natural for your arm to swing in an arching motion. 
Keeping the coil of your metal detector perfectly parallel at all times does take practice. So you are going to have to pay close attention to the sweep or swing you make for a little while. You should keep in mind that arching your coil when sweeping is going to make you lose depth with your metal detector.
During an arched sweep, the only time the search coil of the metal detector is ever level with the ground and is at an ideal distance from the ground is at the center of the sweep. When you are at either the far right and far left of the swing chances are your metal detector will be missing surface finds.

Top Image from: Detecting365 and OzarksDetector

Friday, April 4, 2014

OKM Detectors Into The Future?

I must say that OKM makes some pretty sophisticated detecting equipment. Actually they call them geophysical instruments unfortunately they are over my head.
You may want to take a look at what they have to offer and download their catalog


Monday, March 24, 2014

Garrett Searcher Newsletter Winter/Spring Issue

The Garrett newsletter is available on-line and is worth a look. Click on the link below to get a PDF version to browse.

Batteries for Metal Detectors

It has been said that you can use any brand of battery in any metal detector.  However, it is probably much more effective to use a good quality battery versus the cheap ones you get at the dollar store, which last longer and are more powerful than the imported specials.
The good folks atpublished the results of their recent tests on AA batteries. The top three Alkaline batteries were the Duracell Quantum, Duracell Ultra Power and Kirkland Signature Alkaline (sold at Costco stores). Scoring slightly below that was the Duracell Coppertop and further below that was the Energizer Max and near the bottom was the Eveready Gold. Drug store brands like CVS Max, Walgreens Supercell and Toys R Us scored in the lower half of the test scale.
Lithium batteries are the best but are not cheap and may not be worth the added expense over the long haul.
We also know that the rechargeable batteries may not last as long in a metal detector as a good quality Alkaline battery. Rechargeable's have got to be kept charged, so you have check them before going out metal detecting  
In general batteries should be kept in a cool, dry place and contrary to what some people believe batteries should not be kept in the freezer. However you can store them in a refrigerator, but to prevent condensation you should keep in them a sealed plastic bag. You should not store them in a warm places as this will affect their life span. I've read where manufacturers suggest keeping the batteries in their original packaging if at all possible.
I keep my old and newer batteries separated and do not mix them together. 
Most important is that If you are not going to use your detector for a month or more, you should remove the batteries and store them away until you are ready to head out hunting again.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Know the law before you go out on State or Federal land

Ignorantia juris non excusat ("ignorance of the law excuses no one") Latin + Translation

Keegan Sukup and his wife Ecco thought using a metal detector at the receding Folsom Lake in California would be a fun adventure. Instead, the Citrus Heights couple ended up with a ticket, a date in court, and the possibility of jail time.
Keegan was walking with his wife on the lake bed on Jan. 13, holding the device over his shoulder, unaware it was not allowed in the park, when he was approached by a park ranger who proceeded to write a citation.
Listed on the ticket are the words “posted order” and “posession of a metal detector.”    Keegan  appeared in court on March 4. However even the judge didn’t even have an idea what to really charge me on, other than to tell Keegan that there might be jail time with this.
He is choosing to fight the citation, and is due back in court in April with a public defender. Metal detectors are not uncommon at the lake, however, at one entrance, there is a sign reading “you are responsible to know park rules and regulations.”
And nearby, posted on a bulletin board that you can read there is a sheet of paper listing the Federal code prohibiting metal detectors.
In part, the notice reads: ”No person shall possess a metal detector or other geophysical discovery device, or use a metal detector or other geophysical discovery techniques to locate or recover subsurface objects or features on Reclamation lands.” – The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Part 423, Section 423.29.
Keegan said he looked for a sign while he was out at the lake, but found no such notice.  He wishes the whole matter had been solved with a simple warning, not costly court appearances and a threat of jail time over a metal detector.
“We didn’t understand how so many people could be out there doing this,” he explained.  “And then the one time I go out there, I’m going to get a ticket for doing something that everyone else is doing.”


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shovels You Can Use On The Beach ?

A few of these shovels might be worth having in your tool box especially if you do a lot of digging in the sand. Offered by Mid-West Rake Co. Warsaw IN.

More Upcoming Open Treasure Hunts

Lancaster Research & Recovery Club Open Hunt

                  April 13th, 2014
Lancaster County Kiawans 22
Two Main hunts, one morning and one afternoon. Both are all silver hunts. Between the two hunts there will be a kids hunt (up to 12 Yrs. old.); a Free fun hunt; and an optional gold hunt with U.S. 1/10oz gold coins and silver eagle dollars.
(717) 355-0691 or
For registration forms and information visit

The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
extends an invitation to in the Spring of 2014 in Orlando, Florida  April 5, 2014

                        Early registration = $99.00/ hunter.
                        After March 25, 2014 = $125.00/hunter.

   For registration forms and information visit