Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Dig of The Year! 1.4.15

Today we ventured out to 2 new properties. One of which we have been waiting to get on for almost a year. Our first stop was to a property that we have only recently received permission to. It is a field just off the main road. It use to be covered with trees but the owner had it cleared. We were told about an old house that had burned down, which we later found out we were looking in the wrong part of the field for and also learned that it had burned down more than 60 years ago. There was also a barn on the property at that time and we are beyond excited to find. We did not stay on this property long for we were finding mostly trash. A lot of canslaw and shotgun shells.

From there we went to the second location, we will call it the "Colonial House". The history of this house is that it is colonial era and burned down nearly 60 years ago. The story on its untimely demise is that some teenage kids were inside the house smoking. No one was living in the house at the time. At some point in the middle of the night the house burned to the ground leaving only the 2 chimneys standing. The owner of the property agreed some many months ago to show us the location of this house. Today he done so and boy what a day. The first signs we came across that there had one time been a house there were bricks. Almost every hole we dug had bricks in it. In fact one hole that my dad, Not a Nickle is what he goes by, dug was pretty much nothing but bricks. We believe it may have been part of a chimney. At the bottom of this 2 foot hold he found what we believe to be the lid to a pot. Its made of Iron and is a nice size. Half of it is missing and there is a spot on the top that looks like it was once a handle. Not too long after this he found the first coin of the day, a large cent. We believe the date to be 1814 but the condition of the coin is pretty bad. Maybe 20 or 30 mins later I found the second and last coin of the day. Let me tell you a little about this hole. I dug one hole and found an iron rod in it. Right beside that hole I got another signal, The wall of the first hole was part of the second hole. In the second hole I found 2 pieces of Iron which we have yet to determine what they are. As I'm about to cover the second hole I check to make sure there isn't anything else there. I hear this really beautiful beep and on my screen pops up and strong 77-78 signal. I call my dad over because I want to make sure that I'm not the only one who is picking up such a beautiful signal. We dig the hole and low and behold a coin. At first sight we are unable to determine what it is and it isn't until we get home that we discover what it is I have found. It is a 1773 Virginia Halfpenny.

All in all we had a not so terrible day of detecting. We found several pieces of Iron at the second site that were objects used in the colonial time period. We are hoping to get back out there soon. Today was a rare day for January. We had 70 degree weather. Usually its in the 30's at this time of year.

Hope you enjoyed our hunt. If you would like to see some of our finds you can go to If todays video has not yet been posted it will be as soon as I can Edit it.

Happy Hunting!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 4 - March 10, 2014

We had beautiful weather today so dad and I decided to go back to haven beach and do some metal detecting. We were there an hour and only had a penny to show for it. With not much luck finding relics or even pocket change we chose to look for sea glass instead. Sea glass, if you don't already know, is just pieces of glass or even whole bottles at times that have been smoothed down by the water and sand. When a piece is ready to be taken home the edges, if there are any, will be very smooth and the glass will be frosted over. We found many of those and even what we believe to be an indian game piece. We could be wrong but the object was not formed naturally to this shape. We plan to go out again tomorrow, without metal detectors, to look for arrowheads and fossils. Who knows maybe we will come across something big.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Day 3 - March 2, 2014

Today was a rare day for us. It was about 68 degrees. For today's hunt we went to a local elementary school that allows people to metal detect. There I found a dime, a penny, and a button with Arizona Jean Co. written on it. I also found the top to a can, what looks to be a metal ruler, and a pop top. We only stayed about an hour as to the play ground and basket ball court were starting to fill up with people. From there we went to a neighbors yard. She had given us permission and boy did we have some fun. We were getting hits every foot. I found a bunch of change, an old hotel key, a 75th anniversary Mark Rypien legends medallion, parts to hot wheels cars, a metal link to possible a chain if some sort, bullet casing, and what looks to be part of the wrist band to a watch. We spent about 3 hours in her yard. I will edit later with a list of things my dad found.

At about 5:30 later that day we went in to get some dinner and in just a few mins the temp. dropped 15 degrees. The next day on March 3, 2014 we ended up with 3in of snow!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 2 - February 20, 2014

Today was a much better day to do some detecting. It was somewhere in the mid 60's and we were the only ones on the beach. We had better luck this time around. Dad found a modern bullet and few other odds and ends. I'll edit this later with exactly what he found. I found more things then he did. My first find was a metal basket of some sort. I've been told it's a cup holder on a bike or a boat. I also found a piece of wire, a couple pieces of iron, and a pop top. I'm sure I'm leaving something out but I can edit that in later. All in all it was a great day and we were able to leave with enough time to pick my son up from school.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Day 1 - February 16, 2014

So this is it. The start of something completely different. A couple weeks ago I made a decision. I bought my first ever metal detector. Picking which detector I would be using was not hard. Dad and I had been watching videos on YouTube, one person in particular being NuggetNoggin's channel. He is pretty young. Maybe around 20 or 21. Until this past week he has been using the Garrett AT Pro. His constant good reviews on it during his hunts really won me over. They say it is for someone more seasoned but it is simple for me.

So today dad and I took our metal detectors out to haven beach in Mathews. Not exactly the best day to try out our detectors for the first time. It was only 30 degrees out but the windchill made it seem like it was way colder. We didn't find much today. I found a penny which was so messed I can't get a date off of it but I can tell for sure that it was made after 1982. The zinc in the penny must not have liked the conditions it was exposed to. I also found a metal cap to something. Dad was empty handed.

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