My fellow Detectorista Stacey has a friend who lives in a home built in 1719, and who graciously gave us permission to hunt the property.
We both knew this was not a virgin property, and had been detected frequently in the past, although not in the past few years. My interest always gets peaked when someone says a site is “hunted out”, or “there’s nothing there”. I want to see for myself, because
in the past, some of these hunted out properties have produced some great finds.
Technically, I would be considered a coinshooter; however, I get just as excited over a Colonial flat button as an old coin. It’s a good thing too, because buttons seemed to be the universes find of choice for us yesterday.
The house was on a couple of acres of land. Way too much for us to thoroughly hunt in one afternoon,
but the opportunity to hunt it was thrilling in itself.
After gearing up, Stacey went off to the back of the property, and I decided to begin my detecting around
the perimeter of the house. I was greeted by dead silence, and more dead silence, proof of previous hunting validated. Wanting to find a hot spot, I moseyed about the property looking for good signals. I immediately came upon a button, and made a mental note to return to that area. I then detected to the back and hit upon an old enamel pot about 12” down, further on a fork, shiny, unfortunately stainless yet very well-preserved, looking brand new at about 6”.
I went back to where I found the button and began my patient and methodical habit of gridding an area. I was not disappointed. The area produced 4 more buttons, 3 of them large flat buttons, a 1943 nickel and a couple other odds and ends whose purpose is yet to be determined.
As time was short, I moved on for one more roundabout the house, when I spied a bush in the corner that was a hard reach, but sometimes those pay off, as not everyone wants to get down low into the bushes. I got an odd signal, bouncing back and forth, not repeating, with erratic tones. But I felt the signal was good anyway, so I dug. Oh how disappointing to find a large piece of rusty junk. Experience has taught me to always check the hole, and with that signal, I would be an idiot to walk away. Yup, there was another target further down in the hole and on its side. I pulled out what looked like the ring from a rotted aluminum can, but I thought I saw a design on it, and put it in my pouch to check later when I had my glasses.
It was almost time to go, so I quickly ventured to the back to check out an area I had thought about earlier. I got a great signal, and popped out an 1897 Indian head. Not bad for the final target of the day.
Upon reviewing our finds, my soda can ring with the design turned out to be a nice antique baby/childs bracelet, and Stacey did pretty good herself, finding her first flat button, and a nice old Girl Scout pocket knife in decent condition. Pretty soon I’m going to have to change the name of the site to Detecting Diva’s, as Stacey, despite being new to detecting, already has a great understand of her machines, and is finding targets much better as a beginner than I even came close to. Add to that the fact that she’s already got the fever, and guys, you better watch out…she’s good.
We didn’t do so badly at this hunted out property, and we barely put a dent in the area. I’m hoping Stacey’s friend will invite us back again soon.
As an ending to our day, we later attended the talk I mentioned in a previous post, which was at the New Canaan, CT Historical Society and given by Bill Kaufman, the screenwriter of the soon to be released Civil War Movie, Copperhead.
It was a nice evening, with some entertainment, a large screen preview of the movie trailer, and of course the talk, in which Mr. Kaufman defined in greater detail the term Copperhead, which was the name given Northern folk who were against the war, and likened to snakes.
I believe this movie is going to be a good one. It’s not only about the Civil War, but about the effect of the war on the home front as well.
In closing, it was a perfect day. Detecting & Civil War history…what more could women ask for?
Comments on “The Girls Metal Detect the Property of a “Hunted Out” c.1719 Home”
I’ll take those finds any day….
Well…I had visions of CT Coppers dancing in my head. Maybe next time.
Cool post and congrats on some nice finds. Indian was a great target to end the hunt! Like the blog. All the best on your next hunts – Max, Diggin’ Scotland’s Past
Thanks Max- Scotland…that’s the place to hunt!
Awww Allyson, you flatter me!! I had a great day too and can’t wait to get out detecting again! Thanks so much for taking me under your wing and being so patient with me during my learning process.
You learn quick girl, when you get an E-trac, folks will tremble :-0
Good post and no site is ever hunted out.
I’ve been hitting picked over sites for 20 years and still manage some keepers year after year.
Nice site you have here and good luck this coming season.
Regards + HH
Hey, I don’t mind picking up the scraps. You never know what you’ll find, and sometimes people miss great stuff. I’m sure you’ve found a lot of great things. Drop an email with a pic from your next “hunted out” spot.
Hope this season is a good one for you–DD
Hey….nice finds! Like Bill says, no site is ever hunted out…keep up the good work!
PS. I hope ‘Barchole’ or his dopey sidekick, Nigella, ain’t earwiggin’ on the side…couple of old pervs!
Maybe they are, and want to claim my deteriorating Flat buttons are treasure. I’ve got a few rusty “whatchamacalits” they can have for free, so long as they pay postage.
Wow! That site just oozes history! Nice site, and nice hunt! Good season to you! 🙂
Hey Weasel–great name by the way–Thanks for the kind words. I hope we will be able to hunt that property again. It was kind of a nice start to the season.
Do you think our buttons are Tombac buttons? I was just trying to date them and came across a post about Tombac buttons and I think it may fit.
Tombac was the type of metal they were made with. They’re usually still shiny when u dig them up. I don’t think they were, but I think one of my others was. I’ll have to look at them again.
I can only imagine how exciting it must be to hunt a site from the 1700’s.
Also, I love the term Detectorista!
It is pretty exciting, ’cause you don’t know what you might find. Yeah, I think Detectorista is pretty cool too.
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