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: Brick from a soldier’s hut. The huts were spaced 1o or so feet apart.
SITE: Confederate campsite
SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 Long term winter camp. Doesn’t get much better!
PERMISSION: Property owner
Saving Non-Metal History: I was excavating the remains of a hut because it was full of bullets. I started pulling out bricks that had been hand-cut out of the surrounding rocky terrain to form the base of the huts, which originally were partially underground to brave the winter, then filled in after the camp fell out of use. The area is under development and all this would probably be hauled off. I kept just one small brick for a momento of the site. Will make a great display and one day I can perhaps donate it to a local museum or something.
Other non-metal keepers we can find on the surface or while digging are bottles, marbles, non-metallic buttons, and arrowheads. I’ve had instances in the past where I should have tried to rescue something other than what my detector was hitting.
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