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 my wife’s aunt Frances’ wedding ring. It was lost in 1962 in her yard while cleaning her young son’s muddy shoes. When I found it in 2009, 47 years had passed, and the home was destroyed in a devastating tornado in 1969. Her husband that gave her the ring and her son had both passed. To give details, or to say returning the ring was an emotional experience wouldn’t do it justice.
SITE: Pasture on our family land
SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10 Digging in F-5 Tornado debris under the ground. ’nuff said.
Hunt the legend: My wife and I always joked and fantasizing about finding the ring. For years. It became a legend like finding Jesse James gold. With the tornado and time that had passed, I never really expected to find it. After all, this was a pasture with no trace of a house in it.
AFTER THE RAIN: I found the ring on the day of another family member’s funeral, after a particularly heavy rainstorm. The ground was saturated. The ring was almost 18 inches deep in the mud. It came out of ground pristine like the day it was dropped.
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