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: Unknown item found in yard of antebellum home. After many ID attempts, it appears to be early 1800s and Mexican, possibly a shoe buckle. Records show that one of the occupants of the house fought in the Mexican American War in approximately 1848.
SITE: Astonishing antebellum home rich with Civil War and pre-Civil War history
SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10 Hunted extremely heavily in the past. I hope to go back and hunt it again as I know any find could be an astonishing one.
PERMISSION: Had driven by on previous trips to the area but was intimidated by this old mansion. Finally had the nerve to turn in and ask. Turns out the guy was just like me and was happy to have me and my hunting partner around.
Hunt Dead Center of Yard: I preach about thinking outside the box a lot, but I can’t tell you how many awesome finds have come out of the dead center of many “hunted out” sites. Maybe everyone is thinking outside of the box so someone has to jump in the box and hunt.
Any Good Signal Rule: When you are hunting a super site, especially one that has been hunted hard, target ID becomes highly overrated. Dig any iff or semi-good signal and any big iron.
Be Persistent on ID: Eventually I’ll get a positive ID on this item. It took me 4 years to get an ID on one item. Sooner or later someone is going to know what it is, or you’ll stumble across it on the internet.
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