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: A variety of exploded artillery shell fragments found in a small yard include pieces of both Federal and Confederate shells, a piece of an artillery fuse, and a couple of pieces of lead sabot. The sabot is the white stuff in the picture. Before the shell was fired, it was a ring of lead around the shell that conforms to the cannon barrel when it is loaded to keep the gases from the shell
SITE: House that was about to be torn down
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Plenty of bullets, relics and old coins here. .
PERMISSION: Developer with assistance of another detectorist, who was gracious enough to share his permission.
Dig Big Iron: Truth be known, I had found several silver coins near this house, and I decided to clear all of the very big, shallow iron signals in the hopes of revealing more. Sometimes big iron is good, especially on a battlefield.
I wonder how many artillery shell fragments I miss. I need to bury some in my test garden and fool around with them. These were just below the surface and nulled out my detector with that horrible noise that sounds like someone lost a gameshow.
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