Metal Detecting in Devon, Cornwall & Dorset
My name is Paul Williams and I live with my family in
Crediton, Devon although I travel all over England! By day I am a researcher
and writer of subliminal mind priming and create audio programmes to help with weight loss,
confidence and insomnia.
At the weekend I like to leave the desk and turn into a local historian with an avid interest in my
favourite hobby. . . metal detecting. Devon has an interesting history
and I have recovered many finds including coins, buckles, World War II buttons, Roman brooches and other
My passion for metal detecting began when I was 13 with a friend who had an
early C-Scope detector that seemed like a door to another world. I loved the excitement and escapism and
couldn't wait until the weekends when I would get to play a history detective.
For me I love the rich history we have under our feet and it's so exciting and
fascinating to discover a small roman coin that last saw the daylight nearly two thousand years ago.
I have been very lucky to find many Roman coins including Roman
I am a member of both the National Council for Metal Detecting and
the Federation of Independent Detectorists. By following their code of conduct I am covered for an
Indemnity of up to £10,000,000 Civil Liability Insurance.
It's always difficult on a page like this writing about yourself because you never
quite know what to say. But there is something important I want to tell you.
Although I am a member of the NCMD and FID and a local detecting club, I would
like you to know that I normally detect alone and never share details of my sites with anyone
without the permission of the landowner.
I met a farmer many years ago who was very interested in the history of his land
but was worried of what might happen if some treasure was found. This farmer was worried that
archologists would jump all over his land digging up his fields and making areas a site of scientific Interest
preventing his fields from being worked on and thus effecting his income. The farmer was then
concerned about future restrictions that may be placed on the area due to any significant finds being
I was able
to detect on his land and still have a great relationship with this farmer today because of one vital point. . .
the most important part of this hobby to me. I want you to know that NOTHING will
happen without speaking with you first. As a small business owner I’ve had my fair share of frustrations with red
tape and interfering government busy bodies! Please understand that
by allowing me permission to search your land, you are helping me fulfil my life’s passion and hobby and I
consider you a friend. I do not work for the government, I have no
associations with any archaeologists, nor am I hoping for fame and fortune.
relationship with you is so important to me that I respect you and your wishes. And this is why I never share
details of my landowners, their sites or where I've found certain artefacts. Everything is kept confidential
and I exercise the highest discretion.
If you are
interested in discovering what history might be under your land, please do contact me in complete
confidence. You will always know what's going on and what items have been found. So let's
meet up and have a chat. . .
My current metal detector is a state of the art Minelab
Safari which uses multiple frequency technology. Rather than rely on
one frequency, the Safari transmits up to 28 frequencies from 1.5 kHz to 100
kHz which gives me great depth and high sensitivity.
This machine also uses advanced digital filtering to eliminate ground signals which
makes it nice and quiet unlike other machines I have used in the past which were
noisy and constantly chatted bleeps. The great thing about the Safari is how easy
it is to use. All the technology works behind the scenes, and I have to do is turn
it on and go!
To me, this is one of the best metal detectors available in the
world. I sum up the performance to other detector users by saying it has the fast
recovery speed of a Fisher F75, the sensitivity of an XP Goldmaxx and the depth of
a Minelab Explorer. It takes the best from all these machines but has none of their
bad points. The Fisher is too unstable and chats too much, the Explorer is deep but
misses targets next to iron due to a slow recovery speed, the XP is very sensitive
to tiny objects but lacks the depth.
The Minelab Safari has it all - the depth, the recovery speed and the sensitivity.
. . although it is a little on the heavy side!
The display is a nice aid to have out in the field. The
detector gives a massive range of audio sounds in my headphones which gives me
a good idea of how conductive the metal might be under the ground, and the
display gives addtional information. For instance, the large "22" on the
left gives me an idea of the ferrous content and ranges from -10 to 50.
The detector is set to ignore any signals below -6 as these are usually
iron. The higher the number the greater the chance of the item below
being gold. On the right hand of the screen different symbols display
from coins and rings to ringpulls or mulitple coins. The bar in the
middle indicates the depth of the item.
There is also a handy pinpoint button which allows the detector to home in on
the item below making digging a hole more precise and saves making a mess. A
brilliant machine for professionals and beginners.
This is my underwater machine - a Minelab
With similar technology to the Safari, the Excalibur uses Broad Band
Spectrum technology that sends multiple frequencies into the gorund. This
also gives great depth and sensitivity while allowing accurate discrimination.
The Excalibur is waterproof up to depths of 200 feet, but this is way beyond my
limits! I use this for shallow water detecting on beaches, lakes, ponds and
old wells. The water holds many secrets but it makes you work hard for