Metal Detectorist Code of Ethics

  1. Always check federal, state, county and local laws before searching. It is your responsibility to “know the law.”
  2. Abide by all laws, ordinances or regulations that may govern your search or the area you will be in.
  3. Never trespass. Always obtain permission prior to entering private property, mineral claims, or underwater salvage leases.
  4. Do not damage, deface, destroy, or vandalize any property (including: ghost towns and deserted structures), and never tamper with any equipment at the site.
  5. Never litter. Always pack out what you take in, and remove all trash dug in your search.
  6. Fill all holes, regardless how remote the location, and never dig in a way that will damage, be damaging to, or kill any vegetation.
  7. Do not build fires, camp or park in non-designated or restricted areas.
  8. Leave all gates and other accesses to land as found.
  9. Never contaminate wells, creeks, or any other water supplies.
  10. Be courteous, considerate, and thoughtful at all times.
  11. Report the discovery of any items of historic significance to the local historical society or proper authorities.
  12. Uphold all finders, search and salvage agreements.
  13. Promote responsible historical research and artifact recovery, and the sharing of knowledge with others.





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