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Everywhere around you . . .


. . . there are fortunes to be found. Some of them come from natural sources like gold, truffles or rare plants. Others come from man-made items long ago lost, or buried and forgotten about.





While luck obviously plays a large part in finding a fortune, it is also important to keep your eyes open and your wits about you.


Much treasure has been discovered because someone had an instinct about an item or the place where it was to be found.


It's a little like what they say about winning a raffle or the lottery – if you're not in, you can't win. So you have to actively look for the fortune, or at least learn to recognise it when you come across it. 

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There is still 'gold in them thar hills' . . . 


in the sense that there are plenty of items lying undiscovered in homes and fields everywhere. All it takes to find this 'gold' is someone dedicated enough to look for it, and keen enough to brush up on the knowledge it takes to recognise it for what it is.


When hunting for some treasure you might need a tool like a metal detector, but plenty of items worth a fortune were found long before such technology existed.





What was and still is important is the willingness to look, to notice something unusual, and to be surprised.  


Thousands of tourists visited the Dunmore Caves in Kilkenny, Ireland before someone noticed something unusual about one of the walls there - that it looked as if it had been disturbed at some time in the past. And so it had: a Viking hoard of silver and bronze had been hidden there, to be discovered only in the late nineteen-nineties.


On this site there are many stories of the things that lucky people came across that proved to be worth a fortune.


Hopefully they will inspire you to look for your own fortune, whether large or small, and to take pleasure in doing so. 





Remember when searching to remain ethical and to follow the code of conduct in relation to metal detecting and treasure trove.

Good fortune tends to follow those who do.


Don't wait for your ship to come in - row out to meet it. (Anon)

I resolved to take Fate by the throat and shake the living out of her. (Louisa May Alcott)

Chance never helps those who do not help themselves (Sophocles)

Go and wake up your luck. (Persian proverb)

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent. (Langston Coleman)

Chance favors those in motion. (James H Austin)

Luck affects everything. Let your hook be always cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be fish. (Ovid)

Luck is being ready for the chance. (J Frank Dobie)

You cannot force luck, but you can recognize it. (Henry Moore)

Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her. (B C Forbes)

Luck is believ-ing you're lucky. (Tennessee Williams)

Luck is largely a matter of paying attention. (Susan M Dodd)