Some junk with a little story ...

Snowy

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We've been on vacation from work this week and I've enjoyed what time I've spent detecting, but it's been a difficult week.

We burned a lot of gas driving around to some of our favorite places, one of which is where a community was thriving in the late 1700s to the mid 1800s, but we were never able to get in due to snow, and now saturated ground.

We finally managed a way to get into one of our favorite places from last year, which gave us a slew of old silver coins. Upon walking into this place we noticed some new backhoe work had been done in a new area so we hustled. There was glass everywhere ... a beautifully crafted pink jug made from depression glass was displayed, broken. Green glass, blue glass, white glass.... everywhere. Joe found a bottle neck sticking from the ground and grabbed it. The 1890s bottle was fully intact.

We detected the area for a bit, noticing the fresh deer, moose and other wildlife tracks in the mud. None were sighted while we were there. We also noticed some shoe prints ... unburied holes .... chunks of metal left on display instead of being removed from the site .... someone else had been there. It's one of our honey holes and someone else had been there.... the icing on the cake was neither the holes were filled, nor was the junk metal removed. The fresh prints showed the person's tracks from this morning. Other tracks looked a day old and yet other tracks looked 2 or even 3 days old. The shoe print was one easily recognized by Joe. We know who it was. On the walk out this site sported a V nickel and a wheatie for Joe. Nothing for me. We both went very long periods of time without a single signal. (The two of us use different brands of detectors).

We went to another area, not positive where this foundation was we were seeking, so we stopped at a house in that area. We spoke with the lady and showed her the printout of the old map. She knew exactly where it was and waved us on to detect as we please. She also told us of some buildings which once existed across the street from the foundation.

The foundation was so well hidden, no one would ever know it was there unless they researched old maps. It lies in a simple tree line dividing two fields. We ran home for lunch and ran back to the site. Walking through the treeline was difficult. Brush, pricker bushes, trees, fallen trees and branches.. and then ... stone walls and a foundation. Stuff was everywhere. Bottles were sticking out of the ground. This place has never been touched. We walked the length of the treeline, scouting, and exited the wooded area via a perfectly fallen stone wall. It was as though the stones had been laid across the bank in the same manner in which they had once stood.

Ticks and mosquitoes were swatted with our shovels. It was a difficult situation. I made my way up the field and across the street to where the other buildings once stood, the ones the lady told us about.

We learned a lot about this new site today ... the sink rate is very slow... the old round pull tabs were found at less than 2 inches. We didn't stay long because of the bugs, and yes, we had bug spray. But we'll be back!

Here's a little of what we found... junk, but it dates the places we visited, and that's especially important for the new spot we hit today. We learned the house burned in the 1940s and nothing has been built there since. We know the house was in use at least in 1912, but most likely it was built in the mid 1800s (based on research).
 

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Nice Finds!

WHAT A JERK WHOEVER THAT WAS WHO DETECTED THAT SPOT.INSTEAD OF HITTING THE BUGS WITH YOUR SHOVEL YOU SHOULD FIND THAT DETECTORIST AND..AH NEVERMIND;)
WHAT A SHAME THAT THAT FIRST SITE WAS GONE OVER BY SOMEONE UNWORTHY OF GETTING WHAT HE PROBABLY FOUND.I DESPISE DETCTORISTS LIKE THAT:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
ANYWAYS I'M GLAD YOU DID GOOD ON THE NEXT SITE AND HOPEFULLY YOU'LL PULL ALOT MORE ON FUTURE TRIPS!
 
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I hear ya, but what can ya do, ya know?

What bothered us most was the fact the holes weren't filled and the pieces of metal were left on display.

what saddened us most was the see all the Depression glass everywhere, broken. I almost started digging trenches but knew I'd never have the time for the task.

The second site is going to take some cleaning, for sure. And the fields surrounding that treeline were in use way back in the 1700s, so we've got some work cut out for us. We could spend every detecting hour at that site and come home with nothing to show this year, or even next.
 
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What bothered us most was the fact the holes weren't filled and the pieces of
metal were left on display.

We get the same, I just can't understand the mentality of these people.
We even get it on club digs and charity rallies :mad:

Looks like you have your work cut out on those sites, I hope you come up
with the goods.
 
The shoe print was one easily recognized by Joe. We know who it was.

Sounds like someone disregarded the "Metal Detecting Code of Ethics"

"You don't go behind your friends backs and clean out their spots."
 
Hey Snowy! Big hello to your other half for me k?

Good luck back at your foundation - I know you and hubby will do well. Ahhh the adventures and prospects of a new site is like Christmas to me ;)
 
Yeah, a few ethics codes were violated, and hopefully others get the message and learn through this post why it's important to follow the code.

Thanks, Judy! Joe says hey back atcha! We went back to that foundation today and hit part of the field where the two buildings once stood across the street ... we realized later we were detecting and DIGGING in a large groundhog burrowing area. Joe heard them digging while he was digging a signal. I told him I didn't want to get bit so I moseyed my way back to the truck.

I found 3 old Pepsi bottles, intact, at the foundation (I didn't detect there because the bugs were too thick). I focused across the street in the open air where there was a little breeze to keep the bugs down. I found the scoop of an old shovel, an ax head, some weird thing that almost looks like a skate blade, and some other stuff. Joe was laughing at me, but I had to dig them... I wanted to see what was there! :lol: So, yeah... I wasted my time, and yeah, I let the groundhogs chase me away! :biggrin:
 
Here's a pic of the 3 Pepsi bottles I found at the site.
I cleaned them up a bit and am soaking them with water.
I haven't been able to date them yet, but I see the same style being auctioned online with a starting bid of $5. I'm not a bottle collector by ANY means, but when I see old glass it intrigues me. :D

The second picture is a compilation of all the junk.
What's that thingy that looks like an ice skate blade?
 

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Hey Snowy

I Think I Remember Those Pepsi Bottles As A Kid.i'm 43 So,i'd Say Middle 1960's-1970? Not Terribly Old But Neat Finds.
 
I Think I Remember Those Pepsi Bottles As A Kid.i'm 43 So,i'd Say Middle 1960's-1970? Not Terribly Old But Neat Finds.

I'm thinking 70s on the bottles, but not sure why they'd be there ... the house burned in the 1940s. Unless someone was working the field and sought refuge in the shaded trees, and left them there during lunch or something ... no deposit, they were trash, so in the 70s, why remove them, right?

I sent someone an email. Perhaps they can shed some light on the age of the bottles. It'll help date the use of the site, anyway. but we know the adjoining land was settled in the early 1700s, so this land we're working can't be too far beyond that. I'm willing to give it a mid 1800s settle date. It's on a map dated 1912. I'm sure we'll be talking to the property owners again soon.
 
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