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 an uncommon Enfield bullet with “57” in the base that was imported from England. A soldier carved all over it. It even appears to have some teeth marks. I love “trench art”. This soldier was not a Picasso, but this is a cool find.
SITE: Confederate campsite
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Hunted a lot over the years, but still full of goodies to save.
PERMISSION: Property owner
Think Inside the Box: I like to think outside the box and find places to hunt that may have not been hit that much, but no place is hunted out. I’ve hunted many places this year that the property owner told me had been hunted to death and felt it was less hunted than a lot of sites. Sometimes a site had so many relics on it initially that it is impossible to clean out. I’ve learned that if you work hard and can get the tougher targets, these sites are still golden opportunities. I call hunting such a site “Standing in the middle of the box” or “thinking inside the box” as opposed to “thinking outside the box”.
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