100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #7 Civil War Artillery Chain

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #7 Civil War Artillery Chain

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 Civil War artillery trace chain, pictured with a stirrup I found.  I put them both through electrolysis at the same time, coated them and photographed them together.

SITE:  Creek near my house

SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10  I live on a battlefield, and occasionally get out right before dark and manage a find or two. Nice to have a place for a quick hunt.

PERMISSION:  Common Area

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Cracks and Caches of Iron: Most creeks with rock bottoms amazingly blow everything away except for heavy items like iron or lead.  This leads to a nice absence of most trash.  Heavy items get caught in pockets and in cracks in the rock bottom.  My favorite’s are big deep cracks that are full of stuff.  I use a pick to carefully dig everything out.  The pick has a magnet on it to pull iron out easily.  A single crack can have horseshoes, a bunch of nails, Civil War bullets, and other cool items like this button.

Sometimes that iron can be masking something awesome underneath it.

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