Discover the Hobby of Antique and Relic Hunting

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relic_metal_detector_xp_deusSurfing the internet is a great way to find interesting articles on American history, books, movies or museums. These are all engaging activities for history enthusiasts. Now if you are looking for a more hands-on historical adventure then read on!

American relics (precious and intriguing items from throughout our past) remain buried throughout the United States. Hunting for relics using a metal detector can not only satisfy your curiosity with American history, but may even land you a few valuable objects to put in a display case!

Who better to unearth American artifacts than someone who actively enjoys history and knows a thing or two about their origin? Here are some ideas on relic hunting with a metal detector from industry veteran Michael Bernzweig of Detector Electronics Corp.

What Can U.S. Relic Hunters Hope to Find?

Relic hunting with a detector is gaining popularity as an American pastime. It is fulfilling and potentially profitable. When treasure hunting old-relics, there are tons of great public and private locations that are available for treasure hunting. Just remember- when relic hunting on private property, you must obtain permission from the owner of the property.

You could get lucky at old hunting camps and dump sites- research the town room of your local library to determine relic hunting spots. Some exciting finds include Civil War pieces such as colonial buckles, buttons, swords, musket balls and cannons. Cannonballs have surfaced from the Revolutionary War and they are quite a prize find!

How to Pick Out the Best Relic Hunting Metal Detectors?  

Luckily, there are specific criteria when choosing a metal detector for hunting for relics. What type of soil will you be hunting in? For example, the American Civil War occurred throughout the Southeastern United States, an area known for having heavy mineralization.

To combat this, you can select a relic metal detector that features a ground balance control. Many old relics are made from low conductivity metals like brass, iron or steel. A detector that has a lower target frequency will better find relics than a model that has a higher one. A pinpointing control allows you to zero in on your find for quick and easy recovery.

Metal detecting accessories are essential for relic hunting: headphones block out external sounds, diggers help with retrieval and using a larger accessory coil will help you find deeper relics. Be sure to do your research and read articles on selecting the best relic hunting metal detectors. Take a moment to started today and stake your claim in history!

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This is a guest post.  Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors.

Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

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