Civil War battle sites prohibit metal detecting. However, the many skirmishes in Alabama took place outside recognized battle sites. There are many places where engagements took place on what is now private property and there is good potential for finds virtually anywhere that you go in Alabama simply because of the history in the state. […]
The state owns all abandoned shipwrecks, remains of shipwrecks, all underwater archeological treasures, artifacts, treasure troves, and other cultural articles and materials regardless of association with any shipwreck on its submerged lands.
I found my first buried treasure when I was eight years old. It was in the surf at Dauphin Island, Alabama and although I could not see it with my eyes, my feet followed the outline of a rectangular object while my mind showed me a treasure chest full of gold and jewels.
Explore Alabama: Metal Detecting in Alabama -The information posted here is based on personal experiences and research of the author(s). The author(s) suggest that the reader check with local authorities before beginning a dig where there is any question regarding ownership of the site, ordinances or special restrictions regarding metal detecting or digging on public land, or removal or sale of archaeological finds.
Explore Alabama: Places to Metal Detect in Alabama. X Marks The Spot in Alabama – Research is the key to successful treasure hunting.
Alabama Metal Detecting Laws Code of Alabama Title 41 – State Government Chapter 3 – Aboriginal Mounds, Earthworks and other Antiquities Section 41-3-1 Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Alabama may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the […]
Metal Detecting Federal Laws The Antiquities Act of 1906 was written before metal detectors existed; however, the law still exists and states that it is illegal to “appropriate, excavate, injure or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity situated on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States. […]
Army Corps of Engineers Metal Detecting Regulations CHAPTER III–CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY § 327.14 Public property. (a) Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features, paleontological resources, boundary monumentation or markers and vegetative growth, is […]
Bureau of Reclamation Lands and Water Ways Law: Section 423.29 Natural and Cultural Resources (f) You must not possess a metal detector or other geophysical discovery device, or use a metal detector or other geophysical discovery techniques to locate or recover subsurface objects or features, except: (1) When transporting, but not using a metal detector […]
Metal Detecting In Alabama State Parks It shall be unlawful for any person to use any metal detection device in any State Park for the purpose of finding and removing, from said park, any items that are not his/her personal possessions without permission from the Park Manager. Many state parks do allow metal detecting on […]
MINERAL, ROCK COLLECTING AND METAL DETECTING ON THE NATIONAL FORESTS It is Forest Service policy that the recreational use of metal detectors and the collection of rocks and mineral samples are allowed on the National Forests. Generally, most of the National Forests are open to recreational mineral and rock collecting, gold panning and prospecting using […]
Dauphin Island Alabama Metal Detecting I found my first buried treasure when I was eight years old. It was in the surf at Dauphin Island, Alabama and although I could not see it with my eyes, my feet followed the outline of a rectangular object while my mind showed me a treasure chest full of […]
Gantts Quarry, in Talladega County, was incorporated in 1910 after the discovery of white marble by Dr. Edward Gantt in 1830.
It is illegal to metal detect in any National Park, National Recreational Area or at a National Monument. No metal detecting allowed in any of these National properties in Alabama .
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Ghost towns in Alabama are a popular subject for more reasons than you may think. For instance, it is often required that we survey an abandoned property or ghost town in order to recreate a past event in order to help determine if the event could have actually occured as described in old newspaper articles or testimony of witnesses.
Some sites listed here may have prohibitions against prospecting. Always seek permission from property owners and obtain any necessary permits prior to treasure hunting, panning, dredging, or metal detecting.
A ghost town, still thinly populated, located about three miles southeast of Prattville and about one-half mile west of the junction of the railroad and Doster Road.
Camp Hilary A. Herbert was at Riverside Park in the north part of the city. The camp was likely in the southeast part of the park. This was a very popular park around the turn of the century but no longer exists.
Metal Detecting Alabama Beaches Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama has 53 miles of coastline and about 1,670 square miles of offshore and inland waters. Major rivers include the Alabama River, Chattahoochee River, Tennessee River, and Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Guntersville Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Martin Lake, West Point Lake, and Wilson Lake. […]
The Blue Mountain area was settled by the Hudgins family in the late thirties and for years was the terminus of the Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad, being the shipping station for the Oxford furnace. During the War, the Confederate Government operated both the railroad and the furnace, the iron being shipped to Selma to make “Ironclads” for the Confederacy. The town was burned in 1864.