Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting in Archaeology

When carried out in a controlled manner metal detecting can provide invaluable information on the past activities and history of an archaeological site, from the nature and distribution of metallic finds. This technique is particularly useful on sites where there is no archaeological evidence of past activity from the remains of structures or dwellings.


SHAAS is committed to developing and expanding its capability to carry out metal detecting surveys on archaeological sites to a high standard. A programme of detector workshops to train novices and develop more experienced detectorists commenced in November 2015, as part of this commitment. Training includes an understanding of metal detector functioning and operation, methodical search methods, and the extraction and recording of finds.


Details on further detector workshops, including the opportunity to participate in an ongoing metal detector survey on an archaeological site, are available upon request. Please see our Contact Us tab to get in touch.