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 dropped Confederate Enfield bullet
SITE: Yard on battlefield
SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10 Yards in this neighborhood or hit and miss. Some are good, and others are fill dirt, trashy, or have been hunted hard over the years. Usually I am happy to get a find here or a find there in this neighborhood.
PERMISSION: Property owner: caught him outside cleaning his gutters. He said “Have Fun!”
All it Takes is One Find: I love digging Enfield bullets, but the reason this one is so significant for me is that it reminds me to stay the course when frustrated. If you are in the right place but not finding anything, try to tough it out and hit the entire site as objectively as possible. This bullet was at only 4 inches deep, in the last small section of the backyard. Had I given up I would not have saved it. It could have very well been a gold coin or belt buckle. Sometimes it is best to move on, but no at the expense of failing to cover part of a site. After all, some sites also have “hot spots” and you can find multiple keepers in a small area.
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