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Saturday, 30 June 2012
Definition of Treasure Hunting
It is hard to actually define the words `Treasure Hunting`. In the Oxford English Dictionary the nearest find is Treasure Hunt ` noun a game in which players search for hidden objects by following a trail of clues` or `Treasure` - noun `a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects` and `Hunt` - So what actually does it mean??
Firstly we must read into the phrase `Treasure Hunting` - hunting for treasure. From this we can see that it is a hobby or job that involves hunting for precious metals, gems etc. So we call assume that any job or hobby involving hunting for such items has an element of `Treasure Hunting` involved in it. This could include Metal Detecting, Wreck Hunting, Gold Panning, Bottle Digging.
So basically Treasure Hunting is a collective name for a group of hobbies or jobs that look for Treasure. Some (in fact most) only participate in one particular type of hunting. So those who Metal Detect don`t usually dive in wrecks - however you will find that some of the hobbies overlap in some way.
The next question is how can you Treasure Hunt and will it make you money?? In answer to this the answer must be that `yes` it can make you money but only to a few hard working and lucky hunters. For example if you look at Metal Detecting - a hobby I have been involved in for over 20 years - I have spent many thousands of hours hunting on Beaches and Fields etc. I`ve also found some really nice Coins, Jewrellry, Artifacts etc running into thousands of pounds. Some I keep in my local Bank others I`ve sold and either cashed in as scrap or sold to dealers. However if you work out my expenses and man hours it probably equates to no more than a few pounds an hour. I could have made more if I`d stayed in work. However I also have friends or have found items running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. I suppose at the end of the day there is an element of luck. I`m sure that those who Pan Gold and do Wreck Hunting or Bottle Digging will say exactly the same.
The bottom line is that if you want to take up the hobby to purely make money - the odds are against you. If you want to take a hobby and meet all interesting people, go on digs or dives together, have frills of finding Gold and Silver, Old and New ..............with the chance of finding that one off find, then join the hobby. It has a lot to offer. There are also Coins and Rings being dropped every day so there will always be a hobby there. It all depends on what you want to do. You can Bottle Dig, Metal Detect and Wreck Dive in most parts of the world - as for panning gold there are only certain countries you will be able to go such as Australia and Canada. If you live in England you have more chance of meeting an Alien than Gold Panning.
Posted by blogster at 01:26