In Australia, New Zealand and Cornwall, fossicking is prospecting, especially when carried out as a recreational activity. This can be for gold, precious stones, fossils, etc. by sifting through a prospective area. In Australian English and New Zealand English, the term has an extended use meaning to quot;rummagequot;. The term has been argued to come from Cornish.
In Australia, quot;fossickingquot; is protected by a number of laws which vary from state to state. In some state