About the ECRDA

The East Coast Research and Discovery Association (ECRDA) is the Northeast's largest treasure-hunting club. Since 1983, the ECRDA has promoted the hobby of treasure hunting. Many members and hobbyists use a metal detector, but it can be as easy as checking the coins in your pocket!.

Whether you're a novice or a long time coin-shooter or relic hunter, the ECRDA is the place to be. Our monthly meetings bring our members together to show off their latest finds, hear educational speakers, enjoy our shared hobby, and much more.

Our Annual Hunts - Open to the Public

The ECRDA sponsors several hunts every year, most open to the public. Click here for more information about our recent hunts, and our annual open Beach Hunt.

Why you should join the ECRDA:

  • Help us to maintain and support the organization to further the interest of its members in historical facts and artifacts.
  • To help us promote the exchange of information, recording and preserving of historical data, locations, and artifacts and the discovery and recovery of lost or hidden artifacts and relics.
  • To help provide, and share in, some really cool recreational activity and companionship for its members, bringing into close fellowship the individual members for the mutual benefit and interest of said members.
  • To get in on this other cool stuff...

Private, Member-only Hunts

The ECRDA has participated in invitation-only hunts on private and/or historic properties. Most recently, we've been on two hunts on an 18th-Century farm property in Bergen County NJ where members found a wealth of historic artifacts and relics which were catalogued and will be displayed on the property. We're always pursuing additional opportunities... and being an ECRDA member will open those opportunities to you, too. Click here to find out more about our exclusive club outings and hunts.

Archaeology Internships

Our club vice president, Mike King, recently attended the Archaeology Program at James Madison's estate, Montpelier, in Virginia. For a week, he worked alongside staff archaeologists and other volunteers devoted to peeling away the layers of history there. Here's a good introductory article to the experience:

In the shadow of James Madison's Montpelier, archaeologists and metal-detecting hobbyists are teaming up to unearth the history that lies beneath the 2,650-acre Virginia estate.

Armed with high-tech equipment and age-old tools, these oft-rivals are rediscovering land belonging to the nation's fourth president and using history to bridge the gap between their communities.

"There's always been kind of a disparity. They think we're grave robbers, we think they're overeducated," said 52-year-old Ron Guinazzo, a firefighter from Chicago who has been metal-detecting for 30 years. "But to learn we have the same love of history and to find a common ground where we can work to try and retrieve the artifacts from the ground and put them where they belong, that's the big thing."

At the end of the week, Mike received a Certificate of Completion for participating in the Montpelier Archaeological Certification Program. And all are welcome to participate:

The Montpelier Foundation also invites members of the public to work side by side with its archaeological staff through a separate program. For $750, participants spend a week getting hands-on experience digging at artifact-rich sites while staying at an antebellum plantation house on the Orange County property.