100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #57 US Belt Plate

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #57 US Belt Plate

Note:   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 was my first US belt plate.

SITE:  Home in neighborhood on top of a hill.

SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10  Soldiers clearly camped here and lots of relics were jumping out of the ground into our find bags.

PERMISSION:  Super nice Indian couple that pressured me into buying some Amway products.   True story.  You couldn’t make this stuff up.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Street Names can be Clues:   I was driving in a new area and saw the yard and the street.  “General <REDACTED> Drive”.  I told my hunting partner there was no way it hasn’t been hunted – biggest corner lot on a Civil War battlefield on a street with a Generals name?   But he wanted to ask anyway.  I was wrong and learned to keep my opinions to myself.

Geometric Center of Yard:  I’ve dug 7 plates so far in 2015, and it is amazing that 3 of them have been dead in the center of the property they were dug on.  Some of the properties had been previously pounded by other detectorists as well.  Sometimes you don’t need to think outside the box.  Sometime you need to jump in the freaking box and just detect.

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