David Villanueva (1951- ) was born in Birmingham, England, where he grew up. In the early 1970s his mother bought him a copy of Ted Fletcher’s book A Fortune Under Your Feet, which, together with David’s great interest in history inspired him to buy a metal detector and take up treasure hunting as a hobby. Family stories about the origins and history behind David’s Spanish surname also spawned the hobby of genealogy. A career move brought David to Whitstable in Kent, England, and it was here that David’s love of history research developed into great success both in metal detecting and family history research. A little later David felt the urge to put pen to paper and started writing articles for the two British metal detecting magazines - Treasure Hunting and The Searcher – which have published more than two dozens of David’s articles between them. Success in writing articles soon led to David’s first book: The Successful Treasure Hunter’s Essential Dowsing Manual: How to Easily Develop Your Latent Skills to Find Treasure in Abundance, published in both digital format and paperback. To date, David has written over a dozen books in the metal detecting, treasure hunting and family history genres.
The purpose of this book is to provide a brief history of European coins and to assist with identification. A vast number of different coins were issued in Europe between 800BC & 1900 and it is only possible to include a few of them in a handy reference guide such as this. The book provides descriptions and illustrations of the main types, so you can quickly locate the coin you are seeking.
If you habitually search where nothing much happened in the past then you can expect nothing much in your finds bag. The key to finding where people lived, worked and played in the past, and lost metal objects, is research. This book reveals a superb collection of UK relevant Internet resources that will lead you to productive metal detecting sites.
Independent local history researcher and author, David Villanueva takes you on a county-wide tour of some 35 Bedfordshire Manor Houses. Accompanying photographs or antique engravings capture the scene while the text concentrates on the owners from the earliest records to the present day.
If you dream of finding treasure but your searches usually turn up nothing or junk, then this book is for you. David Villanueva draws on his 40 plus years experience to show you how and where to find, and profit from, many types of lost or hidden valuables in Britain, all year round. You need little money to start as you will be finding stuff you preferably can get for free or for small change.
This completely revised and updated edition of the original SUCCESSFUL TREASURE HUNTER'S ESSENTIAL DOWSING MANUAL is a revolutionary new guide to finding treasure, which shows how anyone — beginner or seasoned professional — can easily use the skills they probably never realized they had, to locate treasure — wherever it lies hidden. And how to pinpoint and recover that treasure fast!
This book is written for the finder, family and local historian of Kent. It catalogues all Kent token details available including all genealogical and local information recorded in earlier books (details of some taverns, inns, and hotels have been updated). In all some 600 recorded seventeenth and around 50 eighteenth and nineteenth century Kent tokens are included, many of which are illustrated.
Most of the time there is only a small window of opportunity in which to recover treasure. To be consistently successful you need to get in there fast, dig the treasure up and move on to the next site. Rinse and repeat! This book shows you clearly and concisely how you can use a little understood technology, for almost no cost, to easily develop your own faithful attraction to treasure.
With over 40 years experience in the hobby of metal detecting or treasure hunting, David Villanueva tackles the major problems metal detectorists face. Obtaining search permission; research and finding sites; laws and code of practice; choosing a metal detector and overcoming detector limitations; identifying and preserving finds, coping with buried trash and techniques for locating finds.
Metal detecting is a great hobby almost anyone can enjoy, with the real possibility that you can change history, or even your life, forever. However, you are unlikely to make great finds instantly with a metal detector - you need to know a few things first. The purpose of this manual is to show you what equipment you need, how and where to use it and how to overcome the obstacles. And much more...
This illustrated guide to spoons has been produced for finders, collectors, family historians and anyone interested in spoons from earliest times to the nineteenth century. The book is basically divided into three sections: the first covers the development of spoons, particularly silver, from earliest times; the second covers old base metal spoons and the third, some continental spoons.
There are many thousands of metal objects around engraved with personal details, any of which your ancestor, regardless of how humble, may have made, used or been awarded. This book could take your family history research back into the mists of time and help you locate actual heirlooms so you can discover the thrill of having a tangible link with your ancestors.
The find of a lifetime starts with obtaining search permission or legally avoiding that obligation. Where can you legally search without permission? How do you find the landowner to ask for search permission? How do you persuade the landowner to give their permission? The author draws on his experience at successfully and painlessly gaining search permission on a wide range of sites to reveal All.
In an easy and accessible style, David Villanueva explains the secrets of using certain readily obtainable and relatively inexpensive ordinary modern cameras, film and digital, to photograph auras or rays issuing from buried gold, silver and other metals; from small gold nuggets up to large caches. Superbly illustrated, this book is a must for every treasure hunter anywhere in the World.