Metal detecting is not just a very interesting and fun hobby for young and old, but could also be profitable, with some finds even bringing life changing rewards.  You could also reach fame and be apart of very important discoveries of history. For decades detectorists of all ages have been searching fields, woodland and the beach and for many years to come there will be amazing discoveries. Many important artefacts have been uncovered which provided an interesting insight in to past history.  Many of these finds are displayed in museums for many future generations to appreciate. What can you expect to find: Roman coins Medieval jewellery Hoards Coins of all kinds, hammered silver, gold ect. Gold nuggets Spearheads Rings World war relics Modern currency and tiny jewels Ancient roman statues Coffins, containing personal effects of value What about gold nugget hunting?  Australia is one of the most popular destinations.  Treasure hunters sometimes spends months at a time camping in the dessert while gold prospecting.  What can you expect to dig up on the beach? Modern money Tiny jewellery White and yellow gold rings What levels of detectorists are there? 1. Beginners. When starting out in the hobby it may be easier to use a simple machine which is easy to set up.  If you are unsure if you will keep to the hobby, perhaps consider something in a low price range, but not too low, as price also equals quality.  A poor quality machine may cause frustration due to false signals, digging useless items and very little finds.  Practice your sweeping motion and speed of detecting, do not walk too fast.  Learning to ground balance may be tricky at first, but it is not difficult and soon it will become second nature.  I 2. Experienced. Once you have learned the basics about metal detecting and feel confident that you wish to continue, you can try a more advanced machine with more complicated settings.  As you progress and understand greater finds will be discovered and digging of less trash items more common. 3. Professional or expert. Now you are top class.  You understand how to set the ground balance, the discrimination settings, read the audiable and visual settings successfully and ready to try the more expensive top range metal detectors.  At t his level the hobby is most enjoyable as you have gained all the knowledge. How to gain permission to search fields? There are websites who meet land owners with detectorists who wish to search fields.  You can also join social media groups or a local  metal detecting club. How do I find a buddy? Posting a request on social media or your local metal detecting club are your best options. You can meet many people by attending a rally too.  There are several rallies every year in many countries around the world. What happens when you search on a landowners field? The landowner will allow you to freely search on their field with the agreement that all finds are declared and the profit from what is uncovered split.  The usual amount is 50 / 50. How does Nexus fit in to the whole picture? We cater for the most advanced users who seek the greatest depth and discrimination accuracy.  If you are looking for the most powerful metal detector, with the latest technology, there is no need to look further than our current models. The company started in 2004, with the very first model named Nexus Standard.  It had the regular analogue meter with needle.  Air tests and underground tests confirmed excellent results.  There was an article written in the treasure hunting which piqued interest of detectorists around the world and the first few users were so astonished by its ability to find targets deep, that is was named “the deepest metal detector in the world”.  Soon word spread and more people learned to appreciate how extraordinaryily deep you can find any metal target with it.  Nexus Standard was upgraded to Standard SE.We introduced some medium range and beginner machines too, Coronado and Groundfix.  The Ultima was developed with a large dual 20 inch search coil and later Ultima 5F with interchangeable frequencies.  Users have asked for something which can work very well in trashy or contaminated sites.  This is a serious problem for many, constant creation of false signals and beeping can drive anyone off a field where there may be something valuable hidden.  What are some of the features professionals in the hobby look for: Advanced users often make a living out of their finds and it is important to have an optinum performer. Best for finding hammered silver and gold coins. Best dicrimination, target seperation. Well balanced. Deepest Most powerful Easy to work on trashy, contaminated and highly mineralized soil Some tips for beginners: 1) It is important to study the user manual for your specific model, as each detector has different settings.  Get to know the fuctions well before embarking on a trip out with it.  Two important settings are the Frequency and Sensitivity.  By adjusting these settings you can vary the amount of targets and depth at which you will find them. Reducing sensitivity helps in sites with high contamination.  If you are discovering few targets, try to increase the sensivity.  Working in segments by first removing undesireable targets and then going over the same field later may be a strategy worth incorporating in your regular search plan. 2.  Annoying beeping sounds This may be due to inference from different sources.  A few possibilities are Powerlines Mobile phones Electric Fences GPS tracking devices 3.  Create a test area.  Bury some targets and see if you are able to detect them.  This could be useful to do prior to traveling out to a field or rally as a beginner. 4.  Be alert.  Being out in the nature is a relaxing experience.  It is still important to be on the look out for creepies and crawlies, even some wild animals which may be nesting somewhere. 3.  Respect the area where you search.  Once you dug a hole to uncover a target, rebury the hole.  Do not litter and take all your trash with you.  If a landowner has to clean up after you were on their fields, you may lose permission to be search on their land very soon.  5.  Dig carefully.  It may be useful to proceed with care.  Hitting and slamming the ground with a spade could damage a very important target and reduce its value dramatically. 6. Check your batteries.  Make sure your batteries are sufficient to last the length of time you will be out.  When in doubt, take some spares.  7.  Dont forget your headphones!  Working with headphones helps to hear all the faint signals.  Make sure they are packed.  8.  Check if the electronic box of your unit is weather proof, if not, do not use it in wet conditions or get dedicated covers for your specific brand to protect it.  
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Medieval longsword.                                                                                                                                                                       26 June 2017 Mr.Wojciech Kot from Mircze, Poland found an intact late medieval longsword in a peat bog. The find has been handed over to Stanislw Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów. The exact location of where it was found is kept secret. The sword has a cruciform handle and missing its original hilt, which would have been made out of  either, antler, wood or bone.  It is corroded due to the time spent buried in wetland, but intact from pommel to tip. Its excellent condition reveals that there are no signs of it deliberately discarded. Mr. Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów said that it is possible that the knight was pulled into the mash or lost his sword in the peat bog. These items in original form had a surprisingly low weight of just 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) despite its size of 120 centimeters (4 feet) long.  The sword was an agile weapon for  knights in battle during the 14th century with its light weight, long reach                                                                     
and elongated grip for two-handed use.  A unique mark of an isosceles cross inside an heraldic shield is displayed on the back and the symbol represents the maker's mark engraved by a blacksmith. Historical records reveal that the site where the item was uncovered was at first populated by few hunting lodges surrounded by forest.  The region was part of Ruthenia (Kievan Rus) at the time and later part of the Kingdom of Poland in 1366, following the dissolution of the Rus. A castle was built by the Polish governor in Hrubieszow during the late 14th century. It is possible that the knight to whom the sword belonged may have been in the area as there were employment opportunity at the time.  Archaeologists will carry out an excavation in hopes of finding additional related artifacts.The sword is currently in Warsaw, where it will be conserved, stabilized and analyzed by experts.  Any marks may be useful in helping to identify the owner, for example characters engraved on the blade's top, beneath the handle indicates a particular family or knight.  Following these procedures, it will be returned to the museum in Hrubieszów, where it will go on display.  Finds of this kind are often without knowledge of the area, specifically the exact spot where it was found.  Due to the responsible action of Mr.Wojcieh Kot, who declared the item, including the place of origin, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will grant him a reward.
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Roman Statue Ear.                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 July 2017 A three inches (eight centimeters) long ear from a life size bronze Roman statue has been unearthed by a metal detectorist in the village of Brompton-on-Swale, close to a Roman fort and settlement Cataractonium, today known as Catterick, North Yorkshire and was confirmed to date back to 200AD (1800 years old). Experts believe it broke off during transport and was never recovered to be refitted. It is one of the oldest relics of its kind ever found in Britain, incredibly rare, very detailed and of high level craftmanship.   The find was made near Dere street, which is a road built by the ancient Romans, the A1 runs along side it today. The Roman relic was documented with a recorder of archaeological objects found by members of the public named the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  It will be sold for an estimated £300.
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