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Metal Detecting old sites in South Africa

Metal Detecting South Africa

Another fire has ravaged the Cape Peninsula and thankfully it has been extinguished.

Fire often opens up metal detecting sites in South Africa which usually wouldn’t be accessible due to overgrown bush. It is at this time when action must be taken.

Luyolo Village had its beginnings in 1896 when the town council of Simon’s Town set aside land in a kloof above Long Beach to accommodate workers who had been involved in building the railway line from Kalk Bay and were later employed in constructing the east Dockyard of the Royal naval Base.

Stone terraces were built on the slopes of the hill and the people erected their houses there. A primary school was built as well as churches for the Presbyterian, Wesleyan and Anglican residents. By September 1910 it was recorded that 56 men, 41 women and 34 children were living in Luyolo Village in Simon’s Town.

By the time of the Group Areas Act was enforced in 1965 the population numbered approximately 1500. Despite tremendous opposition by members of the Town Council of Simon’s Town and interested groups within the Simon’s Town community, the inhabitants of Luyolo Village were removed to new accommodation in Gugulethu.

I have been wanting to go metal detecting at this site since I last went in 2001 when back then I hadn’t discovered this great and often rewarding hobby.

A friend joined me for the hunt and it was a wonderful morning metal detecting in Cape Town, South Africa.

My friend was using a Fisher F5 and I was using my Fisher CZ21.

We managed to find some interesting items like old bottles, buttons, bullets, marbles and a few other interesting items with our metal detectors and even managed to find some old South African coins at another site which was a real success.

The oldest coin I managed to find with my Fisher CZ 21 metal detector was a 1902 Penny, it was not found here but on a trail further up above the Red Hill road.

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I am also happy to have people join me to metal detect, whether it’s at the beach or in the mountains.

Below are some photos of what the site looked like when it still existed and before the people were relocated out of the area due to the group areas act in South Africa.

The area is a heritage site so should not be disturbed.

I will contact the Western Cape Heritage department to find out if an authorized dig can be allowed, a sort of permit together with the Simon’s Town Museum to conduct an archaeological survey. It would be a pity if this opportunity wasn’t seized upon as after the 2001 fires when it was last cleared, vagrants took up residence and the area is heavy with trash.

I love metal detecting and finding coins with my metal detector in Cape Town, South Africa and the oldest I have found was pre 1800s.

Thanks for looking and wherever you are going metal detecting I say good luck and happy hunting!


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  1. Hey Ralph, I’ve found plenty of the same blanks (shells) any idea why and where they most likely come from? Are they R1 blanks??

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