The Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook for Beginners

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Square One Publishers, Inc., 2005 - Antiques & Collectibles - 225 pages
Every city possesses countless hidden treasures waiting to be discovered—ancient artifacts, valuable jewelry, and vintage coins, as well as hundreds of other highly sought-after collectibles. Michael Chaplan, treasure hunter extraordinaire, has written a complete and practical guide to locating, unearthing, and identifying all of those treasures. The book begins with the basics, and then presents a working knowledge of digs. An up-to-date resource section provides useful lists of specialized catalog companies and helpful websites, organizations, magazines, and books.

Whether you are an avid collector of artifacts, a weekend explorer in search of adventure, or simply a creative person in need of something fun to do, you will find that The Urban Treasure Hunter provides the perfect rewarding hobby.


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User Review  - hosborne -

I bought this book as a Christmas present for my fiance. He had never heard of it beofre but now all he talks about it his book and tricks of the trade. He LOVES it!!!! Read full review

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I bought this book this Spring as I was just starting my metal detecting hobby. It was a very good reference to have and I followed many of the tips contained inside. Went from collecting just ordinary changes the first couple weeks as I learned how to interpret the signals of my machine to bringing home gold/silver jewelry and hundred-year old coins the next. Although this book seems to be highly centered on New York City, I believe the information translates well to other urban cities. It worked for me in my case.
I wish this author would now write a book on how to survive the Winter months without detecting! Living in the northern half of the U.S. means I only have half a year to actually enjoy this hobby. The snow is on the ground now and I have to wait (Impatiently) for Spring.
If you are thinking of getting into the hobby of Metal Detecting/Treasure Hunting - then this is a great book to have.


An Urban Historical Perspective
Treasure Hunting in a City
Public Relations
Legal Considerations
Tools of the Trade
Picking Up the Trail
Bottle Digging
Caring for Finds
Cashing In
Last Thoughts
A Sample Treasure Hunting Reference Library
Suppliers of Treasure Hunting Books
Useful Journals for Treasure Hunters
Websites for Treasure Hunters

Learning From an Archaeological Site Report
Anatomy of a Park
Hunting for Prehistoric Native American Artifacts

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About the author (2005)

Michael Chaplan received a master's degree in anthropology from Long Island University and a master's degree in public health from Columbia University. While maintaining a successful professional career in public health, the author has pursued his interest in treasure hunting for over twenty years. Traveling both here and abroad, he has recovered thousands of old coins, hidden caches, museum quality relics, Indian artifacts, and valuable collectibles.

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