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: So-called “Forrest Enfield” bullet. Named because it is usually only found in camps of N.B. Forrest.
SITE: Construction site on battlefield
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Right in the middle of a major battlefield. Rare opportunity to hunt such a site.
PERMISSION: Public property
Grading: In my experience construction sites have to be graded to certain levels in order to expose a lot of relics to the detector. Not graded enough usually equals trash, and graded too much can be what I call “surface of the moon”, which is no targets or signals at all.
This is the Pits: Safety first at a construction site, but sometimes where they are digging big holes in the ground, such as for retention ponds can be your ticket to relics. I hadn’t found anything on the site, and the bottom of this big pit had a bunch of bullets in it – one of which was this Enfield.
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