Metal detection a magnet
for young Australian fossickers digging up history
Posted on 16.11.2020
When Jacob Ure was 13, he asked his parents for a metal detector after a family trip to Egypt.
Little did they know this quirky hobby would become a passion that would eventually be shared with the world.
Now aged 19, the archaeology student at Macquarie University has become the best-known fossicker in Newcastle, NSW.
“A few years ago I found a button from 1818. It was from the British redcoats.
“That one really resonates with Newcastle and its European history.”
Combining his love for local history and filmmaking, Mr Ure has been sharing his discoveries with thousands of treasure-hunting enthusiasts for the past six years on his YouTube channel, Digging Australia.
With 10,000 fans across YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, and more than 250,000 followers on the app Tik Tok, Mr Ure’s worldwide audience numbers have exploded.
“I started the YouTube channel because metal detectorists my age were few and far between,” he said.
“Now, I see it as a way to share the history that is discovered and connect with other fossickers online.”
“If we find something, it’s happy days. If we don’t, then we’ll come back and keep trying. Our pact is that we never give up.”
For more info go to Metal Detecting & Fossicking.
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