CLEANING COINS & ARTEFACTS: Conservation ● Restoration ● Presentation Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 110 pages, (Greenlight Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978 1 897738 337


METAL DETECTING, GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY: How to Find Heirlooms and Ancestors Through the Metalwork They Left Behind Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 60 pages, (T. T. B, 2006) ISBN 0 9550325 2 0


MY ANCESTOR LEFT AN HEIRLOOM: Discovering Heirlooms and Ancestors Through the Metalwork They Left Behind Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 84 pages, (T. T. B, 2011) ISBN 978 0 9550325 6 1


PERMISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Metal Detecting Search Permission Made Easy Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 52 pages, (T. T. B, 2007) ISBN 978 0 9550325 3 0


SITE RESEARCH FOR DETECTORISTS, FIELDWALKERS & ARCHAEOLOGISTS Soft Cover, 250mm x 190mm, 160 pages, (Greenlight Publishing, 2006) ISBN 1 897738 285


SUCCESSFUL DETECTING SITES: Locate 1000s of Superb Sites and Make More Finds Soft Cover, 250mm x 190mm, 238 pages, (Greenlight Publishing, 2007) ISBN 978 1 897738 306


THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO OLD, ANTIQUE AND ANCIENT METAL SPOONS Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 88 pages, (T. T. B, 2008) ISBN 978 0 9550325 4 7


THE SUCCESSFUL TREASURE HUNTERíS ESSENTIAL DOWSING MANUAL: How to Easily Develop Your Latent Skills to Find Treasure in Abundance Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 60 pages, (T. T. B, 2005) ISBN 0 9550325 0 4


THE SUCCESSFUL TREASURE HUNTERíS SECRET MANUAL: Discovering Treasure Auras in the Digital Age Soft Cover, 210mm x 146mm, 68 pages, (T. T. B, 2009) ISBN 978 0 9550325



David Villanueva, author (photo: Brian Green, with kind permission Whitstable Times)

About Us

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                 David Villanueva was born in Birmingham, England in 1951.  In the early 1970s his mother bought him a copy of Ted Fletcher's book A Fortune Under Your Feet, which inspired him to buy a metal detector Ė a Goldfinger BFO.  The performance was very poor by current standards but it did find coins and David became hooked.  A few months later he upgraded to a deeper-seeking pulse induction machine and became very fond of searching beaches, which produced plenty of modern coins and jewellery at the time.  In those early days David also took an interest in other forms of treasure hunting including dump digging, SCUBA diving, and gold panning.

                 Following a move to Whitstable in Kent, England, David took to nearby beaches with his trusty old Pulsedec, but quickly found that the machine was not well-suited to local conditions Ė the Pulsedec had no discrimination and there was plenty of iron around.  He changed to a locally produced C-Scope 1220B, which worked well on the drier parts of the beaches, and this encouraged him to try out some inland sites.  He joined a metal detecting club and also gained permission to search a small farm, making all manner of finds that previously he had only read about in treasure hunting magazines (hammered silver coins, for instance).  Having long had a keen interest in history, David started researching his locality, which led to more productive sites to search and to write about in eight books and the British metal detecting magazines Ė Treasure Hunting and The Searcher Ė which have published over two dozens of Davidís articles between them.

                 But it was a chance encounter with Britainís best treasure dowser, Jim Longton that supercharged Davidís treasure hunting.  Jim, who had already dowsed his way to a Viking silver hoard worth over £40,000 ($80,000) and well on his way to bigger and better things, taught David how to dowse for treasure with remarkable results.  David, is a technician by trade and although delighted with  his dowsing results, he set about trying to find out how the phenomena really worked. This led to several years of experiments with Long-Range Locators and cameras, which have the great advantage of giving visible target locations.

                 The result of all the research and experimentation has been an ongoing string of real treasures in the form of caches of Iron Age gold coins as well as items of Roman, Saxon and medieval gold and silver jewellery.  No less than eight of David's finds have so far been recorded under the Treasure Act since 1998 and David also has to maintain a shelf full of trophies he is continuously winning at the Swale Search and Recovery Club.

                 David founded True Treasure Books in 2005 with the aim of sharing his considerable treasure hunting and historical research experience with the World, through a range of value for money books and other resources essential for your success.