100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #20 U.S. Belt Plate

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #20 U.S. Belt Plate

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:  A U.S. belt buckle with arrow hooks on the back.

SITE:  Yard at core of big Confederate winter camp

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10  The best area I’ve ever hunted by far.  Produced five plates plus many rare bullets and other items so far.

PERMISSION:  Property owner drove up after no one answered door.   Very friendly.

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KEY PRINCIPLES:

Don’t Listen to Negativity: I was told this yard had been hunted to death by hundreds of people over the years.  The next door neighbor, who was a detectorist, scoffed “you guys are 20 years too late”.   I’ve recovered close to 100 bullets and 3 plates out of that yard so far.  Hunt every yard hard like there are relics there that you can get.  Whether we think we can or can’t do something, we are usually right.

Think “Inside the Box”:   This plate was dead center of the yard in the most obvious spot.   Don’t always think you have to find the spot someone missed.  Just detect hard and smart.

Larger Coil:  I used a 13″ coil, which is slightly larger than most machine’s stock coil.  This certainly didn’t hurt.

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