Detectors for Treasure Hunting Purposes | Dowsing VS EMDs



It is basically important for THs (treasure hunters) to have their own reliable tools that could aid them on their search of hidden or buried valuable items. These tools are commonly known as detectors which are categorized into two major different types.


1. Traditional Dowsing Tools
2. Electronic Detectors

The main purpose of a detector is to “pinpoint” the exact location of the hidden object. Some of these tools even have the functionality to determine the object’s depth from the ground. Thus, detectors are considered as the most important tools used by THs.

Despite the importance of detectors, some experienced THs may choose not to use any of these tools especially when they possess treasure maps but considering that they are able to interpret it correctly. Aside from the treasure maps are markings of engraved signs which are clues that tells about the exact location of the hidden treasure. But without treasure maps or signs, the best chances for THs to find their target is by using their own reliable detectors.

Treasure Hunting Detectors

The Traditional Dowsing Tools



Different forms of dowsing tools were already being used in the past to locate various missing or hidden objects such as valuable treasures, underground oil and gas resources, gold mines and etc… Hence, these tools are also known as “locators”. Today, many people are still using these kinds of traditional tools which means that they really work.

Most experienced dowsing tool operators often claims that they can locate any piece of objects buried in the ground so as being able to pinpoint their exact locations. In addition to this, the most impressive aspect of dowsing tools are their capability to detect insane amount of depth which ranges between 60 to 90 meters deep. No electronic detectors could actually penetrate such kind of depth.

Dowsing L-Rod

The most common locator tool used by THs is the “L-Shape Dowsing Rod”. It is composed of two pairs of L shape rods where the shorter bent portion is the handle and the longer length act as the pointer. Only a single person is required to operate this tool which is held by both hands and must be positioned at shoulder level. Both of the rods must also be in parallel to each other that when the rods’ pointers intersect, “they will form an X”.

To operate a dowsing L-Rod tool in the field, one must feel completely relaxed and mentally focused. With the proper handling described above, the operator will have to choose a certain spot and perform his first attempt of detecting the hidden object. The pointers of both rods should guide the user towards the direction of his target.

Let’s say for example that both pointers pointed towards the east direction. On this case, the operator will have to walk a few distance towards the east then choose a spot to perform his second attempt of detection. This procedure must be repeated several times until the operator finds the spot where both rods intersects to each other forming an X. When this happens, it means that right on that spot is the buried item.

Dowsing with Pendulums

The use of pendulums to search for a certain missing or hidden item is also considered under the dowsing category. Unlike dowsing rods, a pendulum consists of a tipped object with an attached wire that is used to suspend it freely on air.

So how it works?

A pendulum user may either choose to dowse right on the actual field or by using a map. When dowsing on the field, the pendulum user will have to walk around the site and attempt to locate the spot where the item is hidden. Although, pendulum dowsing in the outside environment can be inaccurate due to various noises that often disturb the user’s concentration. Due to this reason, most pendulum users prefer dowsing by using references such as maps which they can perform on a quieter environment.

Despite some success of dowsing tool users, there is actually “no acceptable scientific explanation” about how these tools exactly work particularly in locating missing or hidden items. But coming from experienced dowsing experts, it is all about “intuition”.

Intuition is a special human capability to perceive the “best possible decision or course of actions” without involvement of analytical reasoning. However, it is not easy to tap into this ability and utilize it at your own will. Thus, ordinary individuals rarely use the true power of their intuition.

Through the power of intuition, one can easily “locate anything” which are either missing or hidden. In order to tap into this special ability, dowsing tools were invented. These tools actually acts as an “amplifier” boosting the power of your intuition allowing you to find your hidden target. Although, the use of dowsing tools especially for complete beginners does not provide immediate positive results. It will literally take years of actual and constant practice or experience before one can achieve good results.

Electronic Metal Detectors



Electronic metal detectors (EMDs) are sophisticated equipment invented during the modern age. Today, these tools are further being improved by different competing manufacturers because of good demands of these products in the market. Some of the top and leading company brands of EMDs includes White’s Electronics, Garett, Kellyco and Accurate Locators.

A large and different variety of EMDs are now available in the market. Each of these equipment have their own unique set of features and intended purposes. Thus, it is highly advisable to choose the right product that suits your needs.

So how does EMDs work?

In general, EMDs works by sending “electro-magnetic waves or frequencies” deep down into the ground. Once it hit any metal objects on its path, it bounces back into the equipment to be processed by its CPU (Central Processing Unit) converting it into either visual or audible signal. And since EMDs are electronic devices, they require “batteries” which often require replacements or recharging.

Here are the following different types of EMDs:

1. Metal Detectors for Coin Hunters

The most common and popular EMD used by MD (metal detector) hobbyists are those that are designed to detect buried coins, rings and other small valuable objects. These type of MDs even have “discriminating” features where operators can distinguish the metallic classification of their targets. Through this feature, operators can easily separate trash from valuable items which minimizes digging works. However, MDs on this category can only penetrate shallow depth which goes around 12 inches minimum to a maximum of 1 feet.

2. Deep Penetrating Metal Detectors

EMDs that are capable of detecting metallic objects buried several feet from the ground are known as “Deep Penetrating Metal Detectors”. These type of MDs are the preferred choice of most THs (treasure hunters) searching for deep buried large piles of treasures. Unfortunately, MDs on this category can be quite expensive.

3. Electronic Detector Scanners

“Scanners” are basically the same as deep penetrating MDs mentioned above but they have more advance and enhanced features. Most scanners are actually equipped with “3D Ground Scanner” which allows the operator to have a visual presentation of the ground in 2D or 3D screen. Due to this interesting feature, the size and shape of the buried object can be easily distinguished. Some scanners also have Discrimination feature.

4. Electronic Gold Detector

Only few “Electronic Gold Detectors” (EGDs) are available in the market because most THs and hobbyists would prefer the use of EMDs. This is because EGDs are "not really quite sensitive” which means they are not capable of detecting deep buried targets.

5. Electronic Dowsing Rods

Electronic dowsing rods are also known as “Molecular Frequency Discriminator” (MFD). Some says that MFDs are like dowsing rods which is a very common wrong concept. Although, they look slightly the same in appearance but they are operated in different manner.

Dowsing Tools versus Electronic Metal Detectors



The comparison between dowsing tools and EMDs about which among them is the best tool in locating buried objects often results into an endless debate. So in order for us to derive our own conclusion, let’s discuss their Advantages and Disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dowsing Tools

Advantages of Dowsing Tools

1. Very Deep Penetration

Almost every experienced dowsing experts claim that dowsing tools are capable of penetrating deep buried objects in the ground. Estimated range of depth that these tools can penetrate goes around 60 to 90 meters or perhaps even more. This insane amount of deep penetration is yet to be achieve by any EMDs.

2. No Batteries Required

Dowsing tools are “not battery-operated” which allows operators to use them without limitations.

3. Easy to Store and Carry Around

Since most dowsing tools are lightweight and small, they are easy to store and carried around. Some THs even have the habit of putting their dowsing L-Rods in their back pockets as they explore around their prospective sites.

4. Cheap and Easy to Build your Own

Manufactured dowsing tool products in the market are cheap or way too less expensive as compared to EMDs. Aside from being cheap, almost anyone can build their own homemade dowsing tool out from common materials found inside the house.

Disadvantages of Dowsing Tools

1. Only few Individuals can Successfully Use

It is quite interesting to know the capability of dowsing tools to penetrate deep buried objects. However, there are only few individuals who are capable of operating their tool to detect their targets with good accuracy.

Most first time users are expected to pinpoint just some random directions which can be a huge disappointment. Experts claims that it may take several months or even years of actual practice and experience before achieving some good results.

2. Mental Preparation is Required

Experienced users of dowsing tools often claims that mental preparation is basically important before attempting to locate a certain missing object. This includes mental relaxation, clear thoughts and concentration/focus. Unfortunately, most individuals cannot attain such state of mental preparation.

Advantages and Disadvantages of EMDs

Advantages of EMDs

1. Highly Accurate

EMDs are incapable of detecting insane amount of depth but when it comes to their accuracy, these electronic equipment are very accurate in pinpointing the location of their targets.

2. Discriminate Objects

Most sophisticated EMDs today are now equipped with Discriminating Feature allowing the operator to determine the type of metal found.

3. Everything is Technical

Unlike dowsing tools, EMDs does not require any mental or spiritual preparation. Everything involve is “technical” such as assembling the equipment, adjusting the settings and etc...

Disadvantages of EMDs

1. Battery Operated

Since EMDs are electronic equipment, they require batteries in order to work. Most MDs could actually last for only 6 to 8 hours of continuous use before their batteries needs replacement or recharging. For some individuals, this could be a hassle especially when they forgot to replace or recharge the batteries of their MDs. Another issue about the batteries is the “cost” of buying them. At some point, this costs could add up especially when using the non-rechargeable type of batteries.

2. Expensive Equipment

EMDs are expensive equipment that some THs and MD hobbyists could not afford. Although, there are some cheap MDs that are now available in the market but they are very unreliable tools to be used for treasure hunting purposes.

So which one is the best, is it the dowsing tools or the EMDs?

In my own personal opinion, “it all depends to the users or operators of the tools” about what really works best for them.