DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
MARYLAND PARK SERVICE

AGENCY POLICY 13-17
1 July 2013
RELIC COLLECTING, TREASURE HUNTING AND USE OF METAL DETECTORS

I. General
It is the policy of the Maryland Park Service to safeguard the archeological resources under its care.

II. Policy
A. Digging in search of buried relics or treasures, the removal of any prehistoric or historic artifacts, and the use of metal detectors (except as noted in D, below) within the boundaries of lands, beaches, or under waters controlled by the Maryland Park Service is strictly prohibited without a permit from the Office of Archeology, Maryland Historical Trust, Department of Planning.

B. Permits are only issued to archaeologists and other qualified persons who present a plan for scientific investigation, to be carried out under provisions of the Maryland Archaeological and Submerged Archaeological Historic Properties Acts, as amended.

C. Copies of the law and application for permit can be obtained from the Chief, Office of Archeology, Maryland Historical Trust.

D. The only exception to the aforementioned permit requirements shall be for the use of metal detectors in the search for modern coins, jewelry, etc. on all designated swimming beaches operated by the Maryland Park Service, with the exception of Point Lookout State Park and Calvert Cliffs State Park, and all adjacent waters controlled by the Service.

  1. Permission to use these devices for this purpose must be obtained from the Park Manager.

  2. These devices may be used during normal park hours except:

    a. From 9:00 a.m. through dusk from May 30 through Labor Day, and;

    b. At any other time, at the discretion of the Park Manager, when use of these devices would interrupt the recreational enjoyment of other park visitors.