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Letters to the Editor --
Divining for metal.
by M A Ocock.

Dear Sir,

Every few months reports appear in the national press concerning "a new method" of discovering the presence of buried metal objects. Inevitably, as was the case recently, the "method" consists of using a pair of "L" shaped metal rods held in the hands and which swing together and cross when over metal objects, buried or otherwise. Members of the Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group have, like many other people concerned with archaeology, known of and used this method of prospection for several years with some success.

With the advent of more sophisticated methods of divining it seems an appropriate time to study these older methods of prospection and I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has had experience in the use of similar metal rods, with a view to co-operation in assessing the usefulness of the method.

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