There is a big need for a comprehensive that teaches solid research techniques for the treasure hunter. I mean, there is a lot of crap out there, and there are a lot of people who believe that crap. The intermediate to advanced treasure hunter should really have the ability to vet these stories for themselves and make a conclusion based on empirical evidence and supported research. But from what I’ve seen, they aren’t. There is so little critical thinking being done on forums like TreasureNet.com, that I am appalled by the silliness of some arguments. Hopefully, a research guide will bring some of these folks into the light.
So I’m currently finishing a book on how to do proper, through and academically defendable treasure hunting research from start to finish. It should be out by Christmas of 2012. Because it is a niche market,o it will be published via Amazon’s CreateSpace.
The beginner is in a little better shape. He may have gotten a detector for his birthday or Christmas and perhaps a book with it. Most books are coming out of RAM publishing or another major press. These beginner books, in general, have fairly good advice of ‘go research to find old places to hunt’. Which quickly sinks in, I think.
But for budding intermediate detectorists and treasure hunters, there is a painful shortage of documented research techniques. It is now my intent to fill this need with a comprehensive book on treasure hunting research methods and techniques.