5 Common Mistakes While Unearthing Treasures

Unearthing treasures can be an exciting adventure, whether you’re a novice or an experienced treasure hunter. 

But, as with any endeavor, there are common mistakes while unearthing treasures that can trip you up along the way. 

In this blog, we’ll explore five of these blunders and provide straightforward solutions to help you avoid them.

5 Mistakes While Unearthing Treasures

  1. Not Doing Adequate Research
  2. Using The Wrong Tools
  3. Misjudging Discrimination
  4. Poor Techniques in Digging
  5. Impatience

1. Not Doing Adequate Research

  • Study Your Location: Before you dig, learn about the history of the area. Old maps, books, and local experts can provide valuable insights.
  • Seek Permissions: If you’re exploring private property, always ask for permission. It’s a sign of respect and ensures you’re on the right side of the law.

2. Using the Wrong Tools

  • Quality Equipment: While it might be tempting to go for the cheapest tools, investing in quality equipment pays off in the long run. It performs better and lasts longer.
  • Pinpointer: A pinpointer tool can make your life easier by helping you locate items more precisely.

3. Misjudging Discrimination

  • Understand Discrimination: Discrimination helps filter out undesirable signals. If it’s set too high, you could miss valuable finds.
  • Balanced Settings: Adjust your discrimination to match the specific location and conditions. Finding the right balance is key.

4. Poor Technique in Digging

  • Stay Low: Keep your digging tool close to the ground. Don’t swing it high in the air.
  • Straight Lines: When digging, follow a pattern of straight lines with slight overlap. This ensures you cover all areas effectively.

5. Impatience

  • Slow and Steady: Rushing often results in missing hidden treasures. Slow down your search to increase your chances of success.
  • Careful Digging: When you locate a potential treasure, take your time to dig carefully. A small shovel or trowel is your best friend.


In your quest for buried treasures, remember that it’s not just about the valuable items you find but also the thrill of the adventure. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. 

By researching your location, using quality equipment, setting your discrimination correctly, improving your digging technique, and practicing patience, you can significantly increase your chances of unearthing remarkable treasures.

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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