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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers; 0002- edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757000908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757000904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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"From research to recovery, to conservations and cashing in...it's all here...Well written, profusely illustrated, eye-opening and encouraging, The Urban Treasure Hunter is both a reliable guide and a great read." (Western & Eastern Treasures)

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Book was good for a beginner metal detector user.
G. Corderman
The book has a very attractive layout and is well illustrated with photos of interesting treasure finds, easy to understand diagrams, and useful charts.
John Tabacco
As a long time friend of the author I feel as though I can share some interesting insights on this book.
W. Cohen

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By M. Bell on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
In this practical how-to guide author and long-time treasure hunter Michael Chaplan really delivers the goods. Everything from choosing a metal detector, researching a site, hunting tips and blending into various city environments are covered. One major point that is emphasized over and over again is the fact that "treasure" can take many forms and be found in many places from the attic to your local park etc. The book advises the reader to be creative when approaching a site both in your research and out in the field. For example, maybe a vacant lot was once a fairgrounds with heavy traffic and presumably lots of lost coins. It also clears up many misconceptions people have of treasure hunting and it's enthusiasts. Drawing on some of his own many adventures, the author draws the reader closer into this fascinating hobby. The text is laced with stories/examples that are entertaining and motivating as well as very practical.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gerald A. Dameroiw on July 21, 2007
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I am just beginning my hobby with a metal detector. I purchased several books on treasure hunting and this is by far the best. It has a broad range of extremely useful information. By all means start with this book if you too are a beginner. Most of the other books I bought had a lot of fluff. This book has a ton of useful information and guidance.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By C. Barrer on October 14, 2005
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I read this book from cover to cover and highly recommend it to anyone new to the hobby of treasure hunting and metal detecting. Chaplan knows his subject well and covers everything from how to get started to what to look out for while hunting and what to do with the objects that one finds.

The author leave no stone (or dirt!) unturned in the process. An excellent, all-around resource on the topic.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By W. Cohen on February 28, 2005
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As a long time friend of the author I feel as though I can share some interesting insights on this book. First, I'd like to say that he is a life-long treasure hunter, so this isn't some assignment from a publisher to a staff writer who does a cookbook one year and a woodworking book another year. This is Michael's "thing" and he's great and knowledgeable at it. He also brings to the table a scholars knowledge in anthroplogy, sociology and public health. When he explores for the artifacts of a past culture, he undestands what and why he is looking for something. When he finds something, he is able to put it in scientific perspective. Yet, he communicates simply and intelligently. The book can be as useful an easy reference for both the scholar and the person who just want's to find treasure. From creating a sifter, to logically approaching a site, it's all in there and easy to find. On the other hand, the book is also a great read from cover to cover. He's been a legend in treasure hunting many years, and this edition was eagerly awaited by many in the field. A must have for everyone with an interest or involvement in this area
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Tabacco on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Michael Chaplan's personal treasure hunting motto is: "Anything can be anywhere." And, he proves it time after time in his book with a fascinating array of treasure hunting adventures searching for and finding lost treasures in New York City. Treasure consisting of old coins, hidden caches, historical relics, antique bottles, precious jewelry, and prehistoric Indian artifacts.

His theory is that America's urban areas have common treasure hunting zones, and that the rules for treasure hunting in New York City would apply to every other urban area. Of course this comes with some pretty unusual experiences. The chilling section where he's drawn into the strange world of urban voodoo, after finding a ritual object, is one of the book's many high points. As a writer, Michael Chaplan really has that special knack for bringing the reader along on his adventurous expeditions around town.

THE URBAN TREASURE HUNTER should be on every city dweller's reading list. It clearly demonstrates that you don't have to be in steamy far away places to find treasure, it's right there in your own hometown. The book has a very attractive layout and is well illustrated with photos of interesting treasure finds, easy to understand diagrams, and useful charts. It's also quite apparent that the author has thoroughly explored the intriguing history of New York, a once small seaport grown into a great city, and then a metal detector became his time machine. Highly recommended, even for armchair adventurers. An excellent read. Get ready to put on your Indiana Jones hat!
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Format: Paperback
Every city holds some hidden treasures, from old coins to hidden money caches and antiques some may see as 'junk. Michael Chaplan is an 'urban treasure hunter' who has a background in anthropology and has pursued treasure hunting for over twenty years. His intriguing guide covers everything from tools and tricks of the trade to how to turn a treasure hunter's hobby into extra income. From reading an archaeological site report to viewing a city park with a new eye to locating treasure, Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook For Beginners tells it all.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pliskin on March 13, 2005
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As a geologist, I found his descriptions of locations and of his methods, to be clear, comprehensible, and pleasing to read. One interested in hunting for treasure in urban areas could not help but have one's searches enhanced by use of this text.

Reading the book expands one's horizons.
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