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Cache Hunting With A Metal Detector

By Frank W. Pandozzi


Cache hunting can be profitable and exciting.

If you have dreamed of locating a buried treasure, but have not yet started your search, then perhaps this article will give you the necessary push to begin.

Buried caches may exist not to far from where you are now living. It has been human nature for people to hide their possessions, and there are many reasons why they do so.

People have buried there belongings to hide from the enemy. When America was fighting during the French & Indian War the colonists hid their personal items from the British and the French.





During the American Revolution, people buried their possessions from the British, and the Tories; and when the Civil War was being fought many home owners buried their belongings from both the Union and Rebel soldiers.

In addition, many people have for years distrusted financial institutions like banks, so they have hidden their money as well. And many others have buried their money to hide from their spouse and family members. It sounds selfish, but it happens.

The above situations lead the way for the opportunity to take cache hunting seriously. These opportunities exist because many times the buried possessions were never recovered. They have been left behind due to deaths of the person doing the burying. In many cases the family members never knew of a cache being buried on their property. So what happens when everyone in the family dies, or moves away? Obviously, the treasure stays behind. And many times, these hidden treasures are located by either someone searching for a treasure, or an unsuspecting person.

Many times when home owners remodeling their homes have found valuables hidden in certain areas. Places like behind walls, ceilings, and under floorboards have produced hidden treasures of all sorts. Home owners have found caches buried in what used to be gardens. The garden used to be, and still is a popular burying site for treasures.

The best way to locate buried caches is to visit the historical society of the area you live in. Most of them have old newspapers on file. By reading through the old news you may be able to pick out a brief story that relates to a possible buried cache.

By reading old books that tell the history of your area you may be able to learn about a possible hermit who lived the life of a recluse and was always seen wearing the same clothes. This type of individual has been known to hide their money, even what little money they might have had.

If you are going cache hunting, having a metal detector is a must. But don’t spend a lot of money on your first new detector. All you need to spend is $350-$450 for a reliable, new metal detector. Models that are used can be purchased for $150.

Also, concentrate your cache hunting around older homes, or farms. Always ask for permission. Search the garden areas, and around any old trees, and be sure to search around any old, fence posts. Often times the farmers would bury a small cache beneath a fence post. They would simply pull out the post, bury the valuable, and then replace the post. Privy‘s and outhouses were always a place where treasures were hidden.

You can locate hidden treasure. You just need to do your research, and own a metal detector.



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