These are the judgments and edicts which must be
obeyed by all those who wield detectors of metal:
Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled excavations.
2. Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the lawful decrees of thy
city, county, state or country.
3. Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures of the field, natural
resources or the personal property of others.
4. Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy companion. Nor shalt ye covet
his metal detector, digging tool or the hallowed ground in which he
5. Thou shalt not ignore nor neglect thy family whilst in the endless
pursuit of thy hobby.
6. Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost goods, and the
archeologists, and the enforcers of law, and all others who may
need thy skill as a metal detectorist.
7. Thou shalt return found treasures to the proper owners whenever
their true identity can be rightfully determined.
8. Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any finds relating to
criminal activity or of archeological significance.
9. Thou shalt be considerate of others on the beach and in other
public places whilst waving thy search coil and digging holes in the
sand and the soil.
10. Thou shalt speak out against the unjust laws and stand firm against
the philistines who would cast out all those who use detectors of
And if thou dost not abide by these commandments, may you be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks, hard-cracked soil, pestilence, serpents, locusts, poisonous vegetation and great multitudes of pull tabs, bottle caps and rusty nails. May you spend the remaining years of your wretched life digging signals of false origin. For thy iniquities shall surely bring the overzealous wrath of the ignorant, heathen bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent. For we are the righteous and the just, and ye who disobey the ten commandments of metal detecting are bad.
Created September 11, 1997
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