YouTube Links and Treasure Laws

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2012 and 2013

Dig Wars

Season 1

Episode 1 Digging Fort St Phillip

Episode 2 Eastover Plantation

Episode 3 Antitum Overlook

Episode 4 Battle of Georgia Landing

Episode 5 Digging Ruby Arizona

Episode 6 Fort Phantom Hill


In 2011 I worked with Nat Geo on a 1 hour program.

I spent a week searching the forshore with group of amature archeologists
called the mudlarks, they hunt in the mud of the river Thames in London.

Thames Treasure Hunters



Treasure Laws

Illinois: Cook County,imposes detecting ban in Forest Preserves

Urgent Infomation - Cook County Forest Preserve District Updates

Updated April 30

A phone conversation was held this afternoon with the CCFPD concerning the status of the changes to Section 3-3-14. The CCFPD confirms that the changes were approved on April 4rth and that the changes are in effect.

Posted April 29

The link below is to a Cook County Forest Preseve District "Post Board Action Report" dated April 4, 2012.

Cook County Forest Preserve District "Post Board Action Report"

Please read Item #2 and in particular the amendment that prohibits the use and possession of metal detectors on Cook County Forest Preserve District properties. The concerning language is from Section 3-3-14 and reads as follows:

"Section 3-3-14: INJURY OR DESTRUCTION TO FOREST PRESERVE PROPERTY. No unauthorized person shall in any Forest Preserve:

I. Use, possess or offer for use a mineral or metal detector, magnetometer, side scan sonar, other metal detecting device, or subbottom profiler on Forest Preserve District property nor shall any unauthorized person be allowed to excavate, remove, damage, alter or deface, or attempt to excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface Forest Preserve District property in connection with or for the purpose of engaging in metal detecting activities. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Subsection shall be fined not less than seventy-five dollars ($75) or more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense."

MHRS supports adherence to all laws and ordinances. MHRS President Patrick Anderson recommends that MHRS members cease metal detecting activities on all Cook County Forest Preserve District Properties As always, govern yourself accordingly!


England's Treasure Law's

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the law governing the declaring, recording, acquisition (by museum) and exporting of all finds over 50 years old

This is the readers digest version ot the treasure act.

All finds over 50 years old need to have an export license to take them out of the country. Any non coin item over 300 years old, with more than 10% gold or silver is reported to the coroner as potential treasure.  The hoard rule applies to a group of coins over 300 years old, 2 or more for silver or gold coins, 10 or more for other base metal coins. Hoard means coins of the same type found on the same field. The museum has the option to buy any declared treasure or Hoard, If bought the finder and the landowner split the paid amount. If the items are disclaimed by the coroner the finder has them returned to him/her.

Links to specific pages on the PAS site

Portable Antiquities Website Treasure act page PAS database


Treasure Act 145 page pdf file. Spells out the entire 1996 treasure act

Advice for finders 10 page pamphlet pdf fileRules governing Treasure or hoard

Find Leason OfficersList of FLO's if you plan to travel to the UK