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avid Villanueva was born in Birmingham He joined a metal detecting club and also gained
in 1951 and grew up in the Midlands. In permission to search a small farm, making all sorts
the early 1970s his mother bought him a of finds that previously he had only read about
copy of Ted Fletcher’s book A Fortune in Treasure Hunting magazine (hammered silver
Under Your Feet, which inspired him to coins, for instance).
buy a metal detector - a Goldfinger BFO. The per-
formance was very poor by current standards but it Having long had a keen interest in history David
did find coins and David became hooked. A few started researching his locality, which led to more
months later he upgraded to a deeper-seeking machine productive sites to search and to write about in
and became very fond of searching beaches, which Treasure Hunting.
were very productive of modern coins and jewellery at
the time. In those early days David also took an inter- Continually delving into local history and
est in other forms of treasure hunting including dump following up his research in the field, David suddenly
digging, SCUBA diving, and gold panning. found himself having to report a string of real
treasures in the form of caches of Iron Age gold
Following a move to Whitstable in Kent, David coins and items of Roman, Saxon and medieval gold
took to nearby beaches with his trusty old Pulsedec, and silver jewellery. No less than seven of David’s
but quickly found that the machine was not well- finds were recorded under the Treasure Act between
suited to local conditions - the Pulsedec had no 1998-2004. David also has to maintain a shelf full
discrimination and there was plenty of iron around. of trophies he is continuously winning at the Swale
He changed to a locally produced C-Scope 1220B, Search and Recovery Club.
which worked well on the drier parts of the beaches,
and this encouraged him to try out some inland sites.
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