Whenever we watch metal detectorists on YouTube or chat with them during weekly livestreams, we recognize their names and faces, but know very little about their backgrounds. It can be easy to forget that each person has another existence off-screen, with jobs, families, goals, challenges and countless other moments and experiences which make up a life. When did your fellow detectorists begin their first forays into the hobby? What motivated them to pull artifacts from beneath the ground? How did metal detecting enrich their lives and why do they enjoy doing it so much today? The idea behind this book was to portray those in our metal detecting community as actual people, to learn more about who they really are. We picked folks with different skill levels and who serve different roles in the hobby, including novice and veteran detectorists, YouTube personalities and others. This collection of 43 people represents some of my closest metal detecting friends and it's an honor to include each of them in my book. I hope that this publication will further strengthen our metal detecting community, so we can better understand the people who play their part in the hobby. I've seen so many detectorists give back to each other and that is the reason why our group flourishes. As the old proverb proclaims, "It takes a village."