In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: This is a cool Jack Daniels Watch Fob, probably from the 1910s.
SITE: School yard (I’ll explain)
SITE EVALUATION: 3 of 10 This school was built on top of an old Civil War Fort. We found a couple of cool things, but nothing Civil War.
PERMISSION: Public school with permission
Hot Spots: This was a huge site. One nice part of it seemed to be trashy, messed with, or hunted hard in the past. Another part was full of construction debris. Right by the playground at the top of the hill, on our second trip to the site, I found a little spot that felt like the front yard of an old homesite. I think a house may have stood there after the war and before the school was built. I found a few things there, and call this a hotspot. Sometimes on a big site, most of your finds are confined to just one or more small areas. This could be due to grading, construction over the years, previous detecting, and other reasons.
Divide and Conquer: When you have any monster site, it is not feasible to just start gridding. If you happen to start in a bad area, you will just get frustrated. It’s best to divide the site into logical, manageable-sized areas and sample each to try and find the hotspots and focus on the areas that are productive.
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