This talk covers how to help you find treasure on the internet. Most of what is covered is probably well known, but hopefully you will find a few things you didn't know about. Please click on the arrows below to go to the next/previous slide.
First we will start with search engines, the best known is GOOGLE.
A few guideline on searching with Google.
The more specific you can be - then you get more direct hits. Note nearly 1 million hits.
However with more info in the search bar, then more appropriate hits ( 120k ). Remember, you can insert parts of the info you already have - this can help!
To help with finding hits, I suggest you select images tab, and you can quick scroll down the image to try and find what you are looking for. From each item, you can dig deep ( just like pinpointing ) for more info etc.
You can capture images, sometimes with a right mouse click and "save image", or normally better to go to the listed web site and try there.
You can search for things to buy
Get price and more information
The next useful web tool is YouTube, where you can find out how to do things, get visual information on products etc., and enjoy amateur movies
You will be surprised on how much information is on YouTube, take cleaning coins for example
Try the spit and Al foil technique to clean up badly blackened silver coins.
It can be a bit smelly but works
To review products and compare different makes
If it is something new you are looking at try using settings and select a more recent selection
Or add dates
Example of movies
A great source for Metal Detectorists is Facebook, there are dozens of groups to join to get dig news, help ID finds and make new contacts.
You can see comments form other users.
A picture is worth a 1000 words, use the groups to help you ID unusual finds
Get the latest news on new products.
Learn about useful references, for example the Archaeology and Meta Detect Magazine.
On the Archaeology and Meta Detect Magazine site there are a lot of free PDF books.
An example page on old purse parts
Her is an example of a real search done on a local farm using Google and Facebook.
Note Google will correct spelling errors, but watch it as it can get it wrong sometimes. The search here gives full address and phone number as well as the owners.
Using the extra information from the first search you can search again to see if anything further crops up. In this case the extra information shows a Companies House entry, which lists the names of the directors , their occupations and age. Useful background information if you are going to contact them.
Surprisingly, they also appear on Facebook as a bicycling concern. You could use this information when talking to them?
If you earlier searches suggest your potential land owner runs a business then you could try a search on LinkedIn
You can filter a search, by location or keyword.
If you do get a hit, the person's email, birthday and phone number may be given.
Hoards - what we all want to find. It is a bit like the Lottery, but the odds are a bit better. A few web sites to help, are ARCHI, Google ( of course ) and old newspapers
The ARCHI site as lots of information, including maps
It also contains information on historic finds.
However, to get more information you have to pay!
Using Google with suitable key words sometimes comes up with useful sites.
Further searching of these sites can be very useful.
Here is an example of old site hoards, if you click on thr number in the left hand column you get more information on the find.
Old newspapers can help.
Here is an example.
Coins and capturing images
If you can't right click and get a "save image", you can always use the built in Snipping Tools built into Windows. This allows to you capture as a image anything displayed on your screen.
Of course you can you Google and click on the image tab.
Clicking on an image will allow you to visit the relevant web site, where you can get more information and perhaps a better image.
Some of these coin web sites have further links.
Here is an example, where the top row ca help you narrow your search.
EBay can also be a great source of information, including price guides.
You can use the "Advanced Search" to check out the Completed listing to see what things get sold for. For example you can pick up a hammered penny for only a few pounds!
Another source of find good sites are maps.
YouTube has several videos on how to use maps.
Some sites will help you target more specific areas, and you can use the information when contacting landowners.
Some site allow side-by-side comparisons.
Even with old maps.
Some allow overlays
LIDAR is useful in discovering "hidden" features.
However, not all areas are covered.
But it can be used on your phone, when out in the field.
Viewshed is another tool for spotting high ground say form a roman road.
Finally, a bit of information that might help furher.
The NCMD and similar sites have useful information for new comers.
There are several forums for Meta Detecting.
Here is an example of a letter that I have used to approach a prospective landowner.
If you have children at School, or know the Headteacher or Governors you could try this approach?
If you belong to a club, you could use Facebook to contact charities to organise fund raising digs?