History is all around us. Books, architecture, music, and more abound reminding us of the times when they were first created. But, we miss a great deal as well because so many historical items remain buried underground. One of the ways these as yet unfound antiques and historical pieces can be enjoyed again is through metal detecting.
Using a metal detector, kids, adults, and seniors alike can all feel the thrill of unearthing a bit of history that would otherwise have been forever lost. Not only that, these special artifacts help give us a glimpse into days gone by. The types of objects used at that time, the materials required to make them, how that differs from today, and more is all right there, literally, in your hands. No history book can compare to that type of experience!
Metal Detectors and Relics
The best metal detector for finding these still buried antiques and relics of “yesteryear” is a low frequency metal detector. This means the machine is able to detect metals with a lower conductivity like brass, iron, and steel; the same types of metals widely used throughout history.
You’ll also want a relic hunting metal detector with a manual ground balance control. Having a precise, manual ground balance control will allow you to easily fine tune the machine to whatever type of ground conditions exist so you’ll be able to detect even the smallest button or antique coin without the interference of the chatter created by soils with heavy mineralization.
A pinpointer is also important when looking for antique relics. These types of targets range in size so much, and are often so valuable it’s wise to have a pinpointer along with you when metal detecting. You can find metal detectors with built in pinpointers, or, you can purchase a separate pinpointer to have along with you. Either way, a pinpointer will help you focus right in on your target reducing digging time, and, more importantly, keeping your treasures safe from a misplaced shovel or digging tool.
In addition, be sure to consider who will be metal detecting with you. It’s an excellent hobby for the whole family, but, to make it easy for everyone to use the machine, you’ll want to consider a lighter weight model, as well as one with an adjustable handle. Depending on your location a waterproof metal detector may also be important to allow you to search in places like creek beds and beaches.
Care and Preservation of Relics
Once you’ve found an antique historical artifact, be sure to clean it up very gently with warm water and maybe a soft toothbrush. With proper care and preservation, relics found with a metal detector can be enjoyed by future generations. Or, for your best bet, take your treasure to a professional so this unique piece of previously lost history can look it’s very best for it’s second act. Then, do your research and you’re sure to learn a great deal about the past through this precious treasure you’ve just found today.