Author and avid metal detectorist Mary A. Shafer
Author Mary Shafer

I’m Mary Shafer, a freelance writer who got actively started in the metal detecting hobby in 2004. It would have been sooner, as I received my first detector as a Christmas gift in 2001, but I was unable to figure out how to get started…and this book wasn’t yet available to teach me how.

I live and work in upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, some of which has been settled since the late 1600s. This fact alone makes my area ripe for the avid metal detectorist, and indeed, some of the coins I have found helped sharpen my interest in the pursuit.

I don’t consider myself an expert digger by any stretch, but I’ve been digging long enough to know a few helpful things, while remembering my challenges getting started in the hobby. After looking around and still not seeing a beginners’ guide that could be quickly digested and help newbies get out there and start swinging their detectors, I thought it was time someone wrote one.

I’m a proud member of Carla Autin’s “Women Diggers” group on Facebook, where I enjoy sharing my finds and those of my fellow “dig sisters,” and learning from them all. I also belong to several other Facebook pages related to the hobby.

I host my own Facebook digger page, “Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting 101,” and hope you’ll join me there!