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: Pictured in center with some other finds from same day, this was a very cool stamped tin Civil War era brooch. Looks great in a display case!
SITE: Rural home
SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10 Relics were found in spotty areas.
PERMISSION: My favorite. Someone stopped by to chat while I was detecting a house down the road, and invited me over to hunt their property without me asking!
War Road / Not War Road: I’m constantly examining old maps and doing overlays against current day maps. As a result, when I’m hunting an area, I’m usually aware of whether or not I’m on a “war road”, which is simply a road that was there during the Civil War. This was a war road, so I was excited to hunt any property along it.
The Relics are Greener on the Other Side of the Fence: This house had a picket fence about 10 yards off of the highway it sat upon. Though there was plenty of road trash, I took the time to hunt the area between the fence and the road, yielding most of the relics in the photo.
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