1. Always leave the area you detected in better condition then before you arrived. Unless you own the land have respect for others. You dont want to be banned ever from any spots, plus you dont want to wreck it for others.

  2. Places to search: School yards, parks, beaches, farm fields, old portage trails, ponds, church yards, etc. get the idea anywhere lots of people gathered over many years is usually a good spot. Make sure you always get permission on private property!!!

  3. Pay attention to the depth of the items you are digging up. If you own a detector that reads out depth you can use this to try and help you from digging up the junk. I hunted the same area for a little while and got to know that in this spot anything deeper then 5" was good and anything less was junk ( pull tabs, beer caps, new coins). Now remember you have to detect the same area for a bit in order to get a good idea of lets say the layers of soil or time. I have been to some places where I'm finding 1800's coins 1" - 2" down and other places nothing old at any depth. All depends on what the land has been used for over the years.

  4. Research is very important. Local librarys are a good source for old maps, and area history books. Ask some old timers in the area, is the school they went to still around or boarded up? Another good source is the internet. An example of this is I have found a website with old 1800's maps of Ontario(on my links page). You can also visit message forums and chat with people interested in metal detecting.

1800's map of Toronto

Using a search engine I was able to find this on the internet.

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