Synopses & Reviews
Every city possesses countless hidden treasures waiting to be discovered--ancient artifacts, valuable jewelry, and vintage coins, as well as hundreds of other highly sought-after collectibles. Michael Chaplan, treasure hunter extraordinaire, has written a complete and practical guide to locating, unearthing, and identifying all of those treasures. The book begins with the basics: where to start an exploration, what equipment to use, what cautions to take, and what legal concerns to keep in mind. It then provides a working knowledge of digs, offers important information on the care of finds, and discusses ways of turning found objects into cash. In addition, an up-to-date resource section provides the novice hunter with useful lists of specialized catalog companies and helpful websites, organizations, magazines, and books. Treasure hunting is a unique and fascinating pursuit that offers a bit of history, a touch of archaeology, and a healthy dose of exercise. Whether you are an avid collector of artifacts, a weekend explorer in search of adventure, or simply a coach potato in need of something fun to do, you will find that "The Urban Treasure Hunter provides the perfect rewarding hobby.
"Tompkins Square Park, in New York City's East Village, has produced coin recoveries dating back to the 1830s. A construction site in Philadelphia recently yielded ceramic perfume containers and embossed pipe bowls from the 1860s. 'Urban treasure hunter' Chaplan explains how to find, unearth and identify valuable artifacts like these in this how-to manual. He provides information on dealing with curious onlookers and fitting into a neighborhood (in 'upscale' areas, dress like a jogger; in 'tough areas,' wear camouflage items and worn jeans), covers legal issues, provides a surprisingly scholarly and in-depth lesson in archeology and details how and where to search for and clean old coins, bottles and historical and prehistoric artifacts (he also gives tips on how to cash in on this hobby). Chaplan peppers his text with quotations from fictional and real adventurers, from Sherlock Holmes to Rudyard Kipling, and includes do-it-yourself instructions for building a sifter and even setting up an electrolysis device for cleaning unearthed metal objects. Chaplan's enthusiasm enlivens the extensive, solid factual information, and although his comparison of urban treasure hunters to history's swashbuckling explorers is a bit exaggerated, stories of his own hunting experiences in the greater New York area, as well as tales of discoveries of booty in unexpected places, prove his point that adventures and buried treasure are closer to home than most would expect." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
ANNOTATION: A complete and practical guide to locating, unearthing, and identifying all the treasures waiting to be found in and around any city or town. Where to begin exploration, what equipment to use, what cautions to take, and what legal concerns to keep in mind. Throughout the book the author has included true stories of discovered treasures and in addition an up to date resource section provides the novice hunter with useful lists of specialized catalog companies and helpful websites, organizations, magazines and books. This can get you started on the perfect rewarding hobby.