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Metal Detecting: Relic Database, Documenting Your Finds, Photos Preview


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I'd like to present, hopefully the first of many videos on how to do many of the things I have figured out over the years as it applies to metal detecting.

In this very brief presentation, I will give you a glimpse of my relic database and show you how I go about photographing my finds to be entered into the database. I recorded this impromptu back in November and intended to redo it, but I've decided just to present it as is.

I spent many years caving back before you could go online and buy most of your equipment. In order to explore safely you would often have to make most of your equipment. When I got into metal detecting, it was the same. I didn't know any other metal detectorist, so I basically approached learning everything on my own. I would see a need for something and not being able to find it online or elsewhere, I would often create it myself.

When I first started having success relic hunting and metal detecting in general, I started accumulating a lot of stuff. At first, I was like most, I would keep them in boxes or bags with very little documentation. But I would write down on the bag where each one was found. Very soon after that, I started using handheld GPS units to mark the location of the finds and to keep a running track of where I had been. Later, when the smartphones started hitting the scene, I started using them instead.

You can read more of the description on the video.

I hope you enjoy it.