Depends what you want it for. As an archaeologist I would strongly advise you to check up on the legal status of using metal detectors in your area. I don't know about the USA but in the UK many people either intentionally or unintentionally have destroyed archaeological sites by digging through important layers to retrieve artefacts that then loose all their associated context. In Ireland they are illegal unless an archaeologist uses it, and never near a monument. Many archaeologists hate metal detectorists, but I believe that there are many responsible clubs that train their members in ethical uses. Good ones are very expensive and an experienced user can tell what type of metal is being detected by the sound it makes. Only going by UK prices but they start at $300
Last edited by Lucy78green : 03-03-2008 at 02:19 PM.
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