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 fancy suspender clip designed by Charles Guyot. These type were patented right before the Civil War and remained in production into the 1930s or so. This one is post Civil War. You can tell by the nickel plating!
SITE: Trashy torn down home
SITE EVALUATION: 3 of 10 Aaargh! The trash!
Trash can be your friend: Where other detectorists run, there am I. This place had been pounded to death. When finds are scarce, find the trashiest or most iron infested part of the site, you can dig a little junk, and probably at least a little treasure.
Small Coil: I found this clip plus several wheats in the trash with my small coil. On a really trashy site, you have to be able to get in tight areas between the garbage.
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