Metal Detecting

  • UK Detector Net – another of the main UK detecting web sites – and has been in existence since 1994.  Created by Brian & Mo’ Cross, and is one of the longest-established metal detecting sites worldwide.
  •  – Launched in 2007 , and now one of the UK’s Premier metal detecting websites – Portal Forum
  • Portable Antiquities Scheme -a voluntary scheme, under the administration of the British Museum, to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.
  • UK Detector Finds Database – an initiative by members of the metal-detecting community – an easy-to-use, friendly and supportive online facility for detectorists to record their finds and ensure that the information is preserved for future generations.  Those joining the scheme have immediate access to the database for uploading details of their finds – A personal gallery is created for each user on entering their first record, which, as it grows, may be browsed or searched in the same way as a personal database. Items submitted are reviewed by the scheme’s own team of experts and full identification details are provided or confirmed as soon as possible.  Home page includes links to useful reference articles on differnt types of artefacts.
  • UK & European Metal Detecting Forum
  • Metal Detecting and Digging on the Thames Foreshore – Port of London Authority site
  • A useful glossary of metal detecting terms – from Metal Detecting World
  • The “Archaeologists Worst Enemies” (AWE) Site – a site devoted to illustrating metal-detecting finds by chronologic period.
  • World Metal Detector Community.
  • Colin and John’s Metal Detecting Website – including a number of entertaining detecting stories.
  • Finds Treasure Forum – which describes itself as …. “One of the world’s most popular websites with information on metal detectors, metal detecting, detectorists and treasure hunting. The site offers free chat rooms as well as classifieds for treasure hunting equipment. So if you’re relic hunting on land or scuba diving underwater for long lost jewelry or treasure this site has what you need.
  • Rally UK website – a well laid out UK metal detecting forum


  • Metal Detecting in Scotland – download a pdf guide from Historic Scotland. This leaflet is for landowners, occupiers and managers of archaeological sites and monuments as well as detectorists, including those using metal detectors for work purposes.
  • England: Treasure Act of 1996
  • PAS Article on the Illegal Sale of Antiquities on eBay The British Museum and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) have partnered with to ensure that antiquities found in the UK are being sold legally on its site.