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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 09:35 AM
Ive done metal detecting for years and its always a blast to find some little trinket from the past, but this story takes the cake. Its been declared as "treasure" and apparently the value will be split between the land owner and the guy who found it. Anyway, Ive never found any gold, but I have found some US Calvary hardware and even some 45-70 shell casings for a Henry rifle that I was able to date to around the mid 1870's. Where I found those, the area was heavily contested by the Commanche indians and the settlers to the area. The Commanche heavily favored the Henry rifle so theres a good chance that those were shots fired in anger. Anyway, check out the link and watch the video. Incredible stuff.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/sep/24/anglo-saxon-treasure-hoard-gold-st affordshire-metal-detector

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 09:40 AM
That's amazing stuff. It would be incredible to see all of the pieces on display after they are all cleaned up.

I love the guy's attitude..."Just another piece of gold to me."

 

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Ive done metal detecting for years and its always a blast to find some little trinket from the past, but this story takes the cake. Its been declared as "treasure" and apparently the value will be split between the land owner and the guy who found it. Anyway, Ive never found any gold, but I have found some US Calvary hardware and even some 45-70 shell casings for a Henry rifle that I was able to date to around the mid 1870's. Where I found those, the area was heavily contested by the Commanche indians and the settlers to the area. The Commanche heavily favored the Henry rifle so theres a good chance that those were shots fired in anger. Anyway, check out the link and watch the video. Incredible stuff.


That is very cool. I always wanted to do that. I see people at the beach doing it sometimes. Just curious, how much do those contraptions cost? I would imagine there are all different qualities, hence different pricing?

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 10:36 AM
That is way cool.

I've never owned a metal detector, but I used to go with my dad. I'm going to get one someday.

I remember reading that many of the pioneers traveling West would bury their treasure on the East side of the big rivers, planning to come back and get it later, afraid to lose it in the river. Many did not return, and there is still supposedly a lot of gold and silver coins buried in chests and mason jars.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 11:36 AM
Thanks for sharing this. Very cool!

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 11:53 AM
so that's where I put it!

knew it turn up sooner or later.

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 02:15 PM
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That is very cool. I always wanted to do that. I see people at the beach doing it sometimes. Just curious, how much do those contraptions cost? I would imagine there are all different qualities, hence different pricing?


Yep, you guessed it. Best advice I can give is "you get what you pay for" I use a Whites Classic ID and it ran me about $350 probably 5 or 6 years ago. They have much nicer ones that have a lot more bells and whistles. Other manufacturers can set you back over $1,000 or more easily (like Minelab), but they are top of the line. Avoid the junk like Bounty Hunter you see in the stores. Get one from a supplier or online retailer like Kellyco.

www.kellycodetectors.com

The nice thing about getting a good quality detector is that you save yourself a lot of hassle when it comes to determining what targets to dig. Most tell you exactly whats in the ground, but you have to be careful as some gold will register in the 'junk' category on some detectors, like mine for instance. Much more expensive units are better at finding jewelry than others, but its important also that you learn your machine inside and out. My buddy is so much better at finding things than I am and he uses an ancient Fisher machine, but he is intimately familiar with the responses he gets from it.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 02:30 PM
ST, i had great luck finding arrowheads and other artifacts all around Austin. Because there is so little vegetation, you'd find them lying right on top of the ground. I found a really nice "knife" about 5 inches long sticking straight up out of a dry creek bed.

I also found some really cool petrified wood in Oklahoma, while looking for arrowheads, but that's another story.

Do you ever go out looking for artifacts? i imagine you're like me. I'm always looking at the ground. I know lots of old home sites in Georgia, identifable only by the pecan trees and fruit trees in a cluster, that I'd like to hit with a metal detector. My dad said his dad used to come home from a weekend of gambling and drinking, and give his little brother all the change he had in his pockets. He said within a week, his brother would have lost all of it somewhere on the property. That house is gone now, but I know where it was.

 

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ST, i had great luck finding arrowheads and other artifacts all around Austin. Because there is so little vegetation, you'd find them lying right on top of the ground. I found a really nice "knife" about 5 inches long sticking straight up out of a dry creek bed.


Nice! We have a lot of areas around San Antonio that are looked over quite a bit for artifacts. One of the areas I like to walk through is now a city park, but the local indians used it for years as a raiding HQ because its right on the Camino Reale (Kings Highway) and they had a great view (3rd highest point in Bexar County).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_San_Antonio_Road

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Do you ever go out looking for artifacts? i imagine you're like me. I'm always looking at the ground. I know lots of old home sites in Georgia, identifable only by the pecan trees and fruit trees in a cluster, that I'd like to hit with a metal detector.


Absolutely! Ive got a pretty good collection of things found from old home sites, but not very many stone artifacts.

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My dad said his dad used to come home from a weekend of gambling and drinking, and give his little brother all the change he had in his pockets. He said within a week, his brother would have lost all of it somewhere on the property. That house is gone now, but I know where it was.


My buddy with the Fisher machine found an old homesite where there were some remains of a sidewalk. He was checking the sidewalk and found a whole roll of mercury dimes laying alongside it and the paper roll of course was long gone. But damn, a whole roll of silver! He pisses me off LOL!

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 02:56 PM
They had a story on it on the Today Show this morning. Really cool and historical find.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 04:05 PM
ST's take on the detectors is dead on. We have a White's also, prob the model just below his. My kids use it at the beach and I'd rather it not screen out junk. Gives them more opportunity to dig stuff up. We've never found anything of real value (or even much of interest) but as long as they're digging every few minutes, it's fun. You have to spend a few hundred to get a decent one, but it's worth it.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 04:12 PM
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That is way cool.

I've never owned a metal detector, but I used to go with my dad. I'm going to get one someday.

I remember reading that many of the pioneers traveling West would bury their treasure on the East side of the big rivers, planning to come back and get it later, afraid to lose it in the river. Many did not return, and there is still supposedly a lot of gold and silver coins buried in chests and mason jars.


I'm picturing Allen in his plaid shorts and sandals with black socks searching the beaches of Northern California looking for loose change left behind by them "dern turists".


John, I used to go to Crystal Lake in south Georgia after a big holiday weekend, and snorkel around the platforms with the diving boards (that they used to have), and come home with handfulls of change. I found a $20 bill rolling around on the sandy bottom once, as well as all kinds of sunglasses, bathing suit parts, etc.

I'm sure there are some old codgers like you describe hitting the beaches around here early in the mornings. I'm way more interested than old homes sites and places like that.

ST, I should have clarified that I only found artifacts around one old farmhouse, and that was one I lived in above Cartersville. It was surrounded by a large field, and I would bet anyone anytime I could go out there and find something that had been worked by an Indian in 30 minutes or less. I was looking in the field one morning, and an old man came walking down the road. He asked what I was doing, and I told him, and he said, "We picked that field clean years ago." I showed him the handful i had found that morning, including lots of nice quartz crystals, but I told him I wish I could have got in there before he picked it clean. I can only imagine, as some of my nicest points came from that small farm. On a little hilltop, above a spring.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 04:15 PM
very cool ST. healthy hobby, too.

i'm hoping to find gold when i play the mega millions tonight!

 

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  posted on 9/25/2009 at 04:44 PM
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That is way cool.

I've never owned a metal detector, but I used to go with my dad. I'm going to get one someday.

I remember reading that many of the pioneers traveling West would bury their treasure on the East side of the big rivers, planning to come back and get it later, afraid to lose it in the river. Many did not return, and there is still supposedly a lot of gold and silver coins buried in chests and mason jars.


I'm picturing Allen in his plaid shorts and sandals with black socks searching the beaches of Northern California looking for loose change left behind by them "dern turists".


There was a metal detector forum out there (still is I guess) and it had a number of people that found lots of really incredible stuff. One guy in particular was well known for finding amazing things...money, artifacts etc. One thing I remember him finding was the buckle off of a 17th century shoe. Apparently the buckle was incredibly rare and he had been told by some expert or another that there was only a few in existence, so it was apparently worth a lot of money. If you want to work like hell, but have a good chance at finding all kinds of things, dig every target you find. Most people just want to discriminate past the junk but depending on the area Im searching, I might be digging every beep I get.

 

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That is way cool.

I've never owned a metal detector, but I used to go with my dad. I'm going to get one someday.

I remember reading that many of the pioneers traveling West would bury their treasure on the East side of the big rivers, planning to come back and get it later, afraid to lose it in the river. Many did not return, and there is still supposedly a lot of gold and silver coins buried in chests and mason jars.


I'm picturing Allen in his plaid shorts and sandals with black socks searching the beaches of Northern California looking for loose change left behind by them "dern turists".


John, I used to go to Crystal Lake in south Georgia after a big holiday weekend, and snorkel around the platforms with the diving boards (that they used to have), and come home with handfulls of change. I found a $20 bill rolling around on the sandy bottom once, as well as all kinds of sunglasses, bathing suit parts, etc.

I'm sure there are some old codgers like you describe hitting the beaches around here early in the mornings. I'm way more interested than old homes sites and places like that.

ST, I should have clarified that I only found artifacts around one old farmhouse, and that was one I lived in above Cartersville. It was surrounded by a large field, and I would bet anyone anytime I could go out there and find something that had been worked by an Indian in 30 minutes or less. I was looking in the field one morning, and an old man came walking down the road. He asked what I was doing, and I told him, and he said, "We picked that field clean years ago." I showed him the handful i had found that morning, including lots of nice quartz crystals, but I told him I wish I could have got in there before he picked it clean. I can only imagine, as some of my nicest points came from that small farm. On a little hilltop, above a spring.


Finding old properties is a great way to get started, but also if you can identify areas where people congregated...fairgrounds, that sort of thing or even around the bases of large trees. Many times people would pic nic or rest under these big trees and drop all kinds of stuff. Trails and walking paths are excellent also. The very first thing I ever found was a solid silver pendant of an owl that had been lost, probably, in the late 70's because of where I found it. It was just as shiny when I dug it up as it was the day it went missing.

 

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