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 complete Hotchkiss Artillery Fuse Adapter, late war
SITE: A creek running through a Civil War battlefield
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Creek was beautiful, running through the property of an antebellum plantation
PERMISSION: Friends with the landowner
Iffy Signals: I hadn’t found much in the beautiful, clean creak. I finally found a big crack in the bedrock of the creek, running parallel to the water. I got a weird signal in the heavy iron, and used the magnets on my pick to pull out tons of iron nails and a half a horseshoe. Finally I rescanned and got a nice, solid quarter signal.
Don’t Give Up The crack was very deep, and I picked and pried for several minutes. I was getting pretty frustrated and thinking of giving up, when the fuse finally popped out. Think about signals you’ve given up on digging for whatever reason in the past. Some of those were probably great finds.
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