The metal detector sounded off as Guy Marsden swung it in a low arc over the grass.
“It’s a mixed signal, so it might be a piece of iron with some silver, like a coin,” Marsden, 63, said as he passed over the spot again and again, watching the bars jump on the screen of his metal detector with each bleep.
Marsden, an electrical engineer and product designer from Woolwich, developed an interest in metal detecting last fall, and since then, he has unearthed some fascinating objects. The hobby, he said, is addicting, and it’s one enjoyed by a wide variety of people around the world.
Over the past year, Marsden has used his new $300 metal detector to uncover rare coins and tokens, tiny figurines, jewelry and even Civil War musket balls at locations throughout Maine. He has searched cellar holes, beaches and even the backyards of families and friends. But one of the most fruitful places he searches is a flea market in the midcoast, where he has gained permission to detect and dig from the owner.
“You’d never know I’d been here,” Marsden said as he roamed the property on a recent September day, when the market was closed. “And I’ve dug thousands of holes.”
Aislinn Sarnacki is a Maine outdoors writer and the author of three Maine hiking guidebooks including “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine.” Find her on Twitter and Facebook @1minhikegirl. You can also...
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