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 is a part of a bayonet, sword or knife scabbard from a major Civil War battle site that saw heavy action. I have been unable to identify the exact scabbard.
SITE: Site of a famous home on the battlefield that is no longer standing
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Loaded with lots of great relics! One of those sites that is a privilege to visit even if you don’t find a darn thing.
PERMISSION: Very kind property owner that lived in existing home. This was one of those really long driveways that you have to make yourself drive up in order to ask, and pray you don’t have to slink back down the long driveway dejectedly after being rejected.
Some Relics Look Like Junk: This looked like just another piece of 1800s “canslaw” until I cleaned it off. By throwing such “junk” in your pouch instead of tossing it aside, you can take a closer look later, plus you are picking up litter for the property owner.
Break Up Big Sites: I like to break a large property into manageable sections that are the size of an average yard. Two reasons: one – it is easy to wander around a large site and not hunt closely and hard, and two – if I can hit on a section that is “hot” – producing finds, I can stay and focus on hitting that area extra hard.
Hunt the Dead Areas Hard: This was found about 8 inches deep in a segment of the property devoid of almost any signals. Probably had been hunted extra hard, maybe after producing some significant relic or relic/s. It would have been easy just to move elsewhere. All it takes is one good find to make it worth it.
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