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The lure of the Gold Stater

March 30, 2012 04:32pm

In several of my blogs (and most of the interviews for MLOtv) the subject of gold Staters often arises. But what are gold staters?

Most European detectorists will know exactly what they are, but for the benefit of the rest of the world’s detecting community, this blog will cover a quick introduction to this fascinating coin group.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on March 30, 2012 04:32pm | 0 Comments

FBS Coils, Coils & More Coils

March 26, 2012 10:30am

To change or not to change that is the question? It seems like every time I turn on my computer and logon to a forum there is so much talk about which coil is the best, and to be honest I still only use the E-TRAC's stock FBS 11” Double-D coil and have successfully hunted in trashy areas with great results. I have watched numerous videos and read probably twice as many reviews as I would care to do again, and yet after all of that I still think that the stock coil performs exceptionally and is the best one for finding coins and at great depth.

Posted by Mark Williams on March 26, 2012 10:30am | 2 Comments

A week worth remembering

March 20, 2012 01:15pm

It’s nearly impossible to summarize everything that took place at Minelab’s Archaeological Certification Program last week. I was in and out all week and was not a participant of the course, but as a bystander, I was able to watch the team as they worked through the rigorous schedule outlined by Dr. Matthew Reeves, Montpelier’s Director of Archaeology.

Posted by David Shackleton on March 20, 2012 01:15pm | 0 Comments

Solitary saviors

March 16, 2012 04:47pm

Most of my postings have been about the lighter side of detecting, travels, tales and settings. I am taking my thoughts into another direction to write about something more personal.

Countermine, I bring this up because of something that has happened at a number of shows that I attend or out in the field when I meet up with other detectorists. I have often been thanked by a solider that shares with me that their introduction to metal detecting or Minelab was in a foreign country in a field clearing land mines, saving lives.

Posted by on March 16, 2012 04:47pm | 1 Comment

Making History at Montpelier

March 13, 2012 12:07pm

Today I had the opportunity to witness the making of history in more ways than one. Eleven metal detectorists from the Minelab community stepped off into a week-long course at James Madison’s Montpelier. They’ve immersed themselves into a world which demands a fundamental understanding of topics not often discussed in the metal detecting community, such as the preservation of history, landscape design and features, site and soil preservation, and non-intrusive survey techniques.

In the past, we’ve simply haven’t had the opportunity to cross paths with Archaeologists.
As of today, all that changes, thanks to Minelab and the Archaeology Department at James Madison’s Montpelier.

Posted by David Shackleton on March 13, 2012 12:07pm | 0 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 4

March 09, 2012 03:51pm

The day started crisp, clear and cool. Chris and Steve were now well and truly immersed in the adventure, having perfected their Australian detecting techniques over the previous few weeks to the point they were now naturally targeting productive areas with their GPX 5000s.

The day previously, Steve, Chris and I were working an old scrape taking turns to detect the richest sections of ground where cap rock was exposed (cemented wash with gold enclosed), assisting each other with hammer and chisel to remove the nuggets. Due to the

Posted by Jonathan Porter on March 09, 2012 03:51pm | 6 Comments

Understanding & setting the Sovereign GT controls - Part 3

March 05, 2012 10:42am

Sweep speed and search coil control are the keys to learning how to use the Sovereign GT no matter what type of treasure you are searching for.

For a beach hunter like myself, a proficient Sovereign user should be one of the slowest people metal detecting on the beach. This allows sufficient time for the Sovereign circuitry to process and relay the target information back thru the users headphones.

Posted by Gary Drayton on March 05, 2012 10:42am | 0 Comments
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