100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #34  Bent U.S. Belt Buckle

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #34 Bent U.S. Belt Buckle

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 a US Belt Buckle with Arrow Hooks.  It seems a soldier, possibly a Confederate, tried to bend it or break it, and then tossed it.

SITE:  Wooded area of a Confederate Camp

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10  Hunted hard over the years but still producing monster finds left and right.

PERMISSION:  Super nice family that owns a farm.   One of my favorite property owners.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Near the Creeks:  I’ve found two “monster” finds on this property, and they were both within a few yards of the creek running through it.   Keep this in mind if you are on a large property with a creek.  High areas near creeks, bends in creeks, and the higher side of the creek will usually have less debris from flooding.

Heed the Clues:  I was in a wooded area.   I had found a spot with some bullets, and then continued onward down an old roadbed that approached a logical ford in the creek.   I ventured off to a nice flat area and found a small brass knapsack buckle.  So I concentrated around that area, and found this plate about 10 feet away.

Where the Coils Don’t Go:   This area had been hunted in past.  I stuck my coil in an awkward area and that is where the plate was!

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