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: Beautiful 1830s or earlier brass button with small green glass stone. This is one of my favorite finds of 2015 because of the research associated with it. I was hunting a creek near an old mill this past summer on the plantation land of a general that fought in the War of 1812 with Andrew Jackson.
SITE: Creek near an 1800s Mill
SITE EVALUATION: 6 of 10 A few bullets and other relics, but this place was more about the history than the finds.
PERMISSION: Farm owner I met after researching a location and networking to make the right contact.
Creek Hunting: Water hunting is a completely different animal than regular detecting in yards and fields. I tried water hunting in the summer of 2014 and literally did not find a thing. After getting tips from others, and watching videos from expert water hunters like Beau Ouimette, I finally got the right equipment, and understood the techniques enough to be extremely successful in 2015, when I found a cannonball, an artillery fuse, a spur, rifle barrel, and many other great relics.
Research: Not only can tough research produce great places to hunt, but knowing the history behind the land adds exponential personal value to the things you find on it, like this button.
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