Where to Find Buried Treasure with Your Metal Detector
While in a sense we’re talking about “buried treasure,” we’re not talking about pirate chests (although that could happen!). We’re talking about treasure that was buried on purpose or by accident.
An often-overlooked opportunity to find buried treasure is in your own back yard. Years ago, when people didn’t trust banks, they buried their money in their back yard. Some of them died without letting anyone know it was there. If you live in an old house, check the yard carefully as well as the walls.
And then, of course, there still is unfound pirate gold. It is said that pirates buried their treasure under beaches and in coves. Do some pirate research and target areas where pirate ships might have landed but then never returned to collect their loot, as well as areas where pirate (and other) ships sank.
If you want to pan for gold, you’ll increase the likelihood of finding the big stuff if you use an underwater metal detector as well. Just be sure to bring along a snorkel and (if the water is cold) a wet suit, plus items like a hammer and screwdriver or chisel to dig things out that are wedged into rock under the water.
Seek out old mining camps.
Search for relics in ghost towns and old battlefields.
Playgrounds, bus stops, and other public areas can reap rewards.
When you go to a fair or a carnival, take a notebook with you to mark the locations of the event vendors, especially food vendors. These vendors will yield high traffic and provide the best coin flow. The easiest way to find the former vendor locations is by looking for the new grass where the vendor tents were.
Go to the beach……
The ocean is constantly moving and may wash valuable items on shore. Dusk is a good time to go there when it is less crowded, especially following a busy day where many valuables were accidentally dropped in the sand.
Locate a tide chart, and search at low tide. People often lose things in shallow water. But be careful. If your metal detector isn’t water-rated, stay out of the water, as you can quickly destroy it if it gets wet.
Another good area of the beach to explore is where the beach chairs and blankets were. And don’t forget the snack bar area where people pull out their money and then drop some of it in the sand!
Join a local metal detecting club, or join one online. They are available worldwide. You can learn a lot about where to search and which metal detectors are the best for what you want to do by listening to experienced treasure hunters. For more information, read my post called Treasure Hunting Clubs and Organizations.