Plymouth University of the Third Age


Metal Detecting

Group Leader: Bill
Venue: Outdoors at Different Locations
Day: Weather Dependant
Time: By Arrangement

Detecting is a great hobby

Copywrite William BertramThis small group continues to practice their craft every week. However there is always room for like minded enthusiasts. What we still need are introductions to landowners. Consequently if you could arrange an introduction to landowners, or if you would like to join us please contact me.

It helps you stay fit and healthy and gets you out in the fresh air.
They say walking is the best form of exercise, but in my opinion, it only comes a poor second to digging your exciting discoveries up, which is the best exercise for your smiling muscles.
However, you will need to be relatively fit for this hobby, likewise you will also have to have a good sense of humour and you would probably like being outdoors too. Transport will be needed, or you must be willing to find someone with a car to share with.

There is no argument that Devon is rich with history but until recently there has only been one occasion that a hoard has been discovered in Plymouth. The next nearest hoard was found near Glastonbury. However, in the last few years metal detecting around this area has discovered more Roman specie and artefacts. Therefore, we have an open playing field.

Copywrite William BertramFor most of us, our understanding of the depth of Britain's history is done through books, museums, libraries or these days it is more likely done on the Internet. Now thanks to the latest developments in metal detector equipment and the willingness of landowners to allow detectorists to investigate their land, the staggering numbers of finds with genuine historical and monetary value are increasing rapidly.

For illustration, last year alone in Britain almost 60,000 finds were reported to the Antiquities Scheme, more than that, nearly all of these finds was found by metal detectorists.

You should also be aware that we are a very new group and only just beginning to get organised, Therefore if you are interested enough to hear more, contact me in the first instant by email please.