As detectorists, we’re always trying to find an edge in doing research for new spots to metal detect. One fun way to find new spots is to use aerial maps. Most detectorists know about Bing Maps, Google Earth, Google Maps, and Historic Aerials, but here’s a list of a few Maps Software for Detecting Research that you may or may not know about.
David Rumsey Map Collection The historical map collection has over 48,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.
Flash Earth Explore satellite and aerial imagery of Earth from Microsoft and Yahoo in a single flash-based interface.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection – The PCL Map Collection includes more than 250,000 maps from several states and countries.
TerraServer has assembled the largest variety of aerial photos, satellite images, and USGS topographic maps on the Internet.
Historic Map Works a historic digital map database of North America and the world. A great site for locating old maps for detecting research!
Historic Aerials We’ve mentioned HistoricAerials in many articles and it is a very useful tool for comparing older maps with current maps. A very popular site amongst metal detectorists.
Google Earth – The list would be incomplete without mentioning Google Earth. Very useful satellite imagery that you can use to find new spots to metal detect!
At Detecting365 we try to give you the knowledge and tools that you need to succeed in metal detecting. We hope that you find these maps useful in helping you find some new detecting spots.
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