Jun 07, 2012, 01:29 AM
When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....
Ok....So it's OK to build on a historic site but not Detect it?
I just found this article about a proposed housing development on the Princeton Battlefield..... I couldn't believe it so I looked a bit more, and sure enough!
"That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX
Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/
Jun 07, 2012 01:29 AM
Jun 07, 2012, 02:40 AM
If that were to happen, once they break ground their will be no stopping me either
Jun 07, 2012, 06:26 AM
It's the NJ way of life. Crooked political types take money from builders.
Jun 07, 2012, 11:27 AM
Demolition/scrape sites can be good places to detect. Once the tractors start, try it after work hours each day.
Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken
Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!
Jun 07, 2012, 02:04 PM
I've detected this site while working with the archaeologist. This threat comes up every few years. At one point a developer was claiming that the portion they want to develope was not actually part of the battlefield. Detectorist proved him wrong.
Jun 07, 2012, 03:07 PM
Well if part of it does open up, I'm there in a heartbeat
We have way too many off limit areas in NJ, just look at Batsto Village, and many other ghostowns
Jun 12, 2012, 12:33 PM
What was found?
Originally Posted by N.J.THer
Jun 12, 2012, 12:49 PM
Musketballs and a button. At first they thought the button was from a reenactor but I believe it turned out to be real. We also found a colonial candle stick holder but that was most likely not from the battle... I've only been to this site once...the group has been there a few times but I'm not sure what was found during the other hunts.
Originally Posted by ticm
Jun 12, 2012, 12:52 PM
It amazes me that one is trying to retrieve what's there to put in the museum.
Jun 12, 2012, 02:18 PM
In this case it was more to stop the developement of the area then to put it in a museum. There was some debate on the boundaries of the battle and this helped prove that the piece of land in question did have some activity from the battle on it.
Although if you are ever in the area stop by and check out the Clarke House Museum. It is were General Mercer died after the battle...nine days after. They have a nice little museum with some great examples of period weapons and the curator is a super nice guy. He is very passionate about the site and gives great tours. In the house there is a stain on the floor where they think the General passed away and holes in the downstairs walls that they believe may have been from musketballs. Whether this is true or not who knows but it makes for an interesting story.
Jun 12, 2012, 03:11 PM
I drive by there a couple times a day. I always think of those houses that butt up to the park. How many people knocked on their doors over the years.
I have been to the museum a few times. It's a great place to visit.
Jun 12, 2012, 03:17 PM
I had dug up an old Hessian boot with a foot in it there. Buried the foot and kept the boot
Was that wrong
Jun 12, 2012, 03:49 PM
Depends...was it a right foot or left??
Originally Posted by spartacus53
Before anyone pipes in about this being wrong...were kidding. He kept the boot and the foot...no were still kidding.
Jun 12, 2012, 04:04 PM
I'm not so sure he's kidding.
Jun 12, 2012, 04:54 PM
HMMM, I wonder if this was in a cemetary? LOL
Jun 12, 2012, 05:04 PM
While I share the sentiment that most express about hitting it as soon as the earthwork starts, that typically isn't possible. The majority of large construction sites are fenced, gated and guarded all night. Most jobsite formen won't let us hunt due to liability, so we can only dream about the items being ripped out in the name of progress where archies would have us jailed for daring to hunt the day before.
Jun 12, 2012, 05:10 PM
I think this is one of those places where any thing found belongs in a museum.
Originally Posted by Jason in Enid
I don't think any construction will take place there.
Jun 12, 2012, 05:51 PM
Jason, that's why you should enroll in my ninja metal detecting class. Act now and the 1st month is $9.99, that is a 60% saving over the normal price. Remember, if they can't see you, you don't exist
Jun 12, 2012, 06:00 PM
Originally Posted by spartacus53
Man you just ain't right. LOL
Jun 12, 2012, 06:15 PM
ticm, you are probably familiar with the old expression; If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS. I am a master in that arena and you'd be surprised how many will bend over backwards to make you happy.
I will also be so bold to make the following statement. I am by far probably one of the worst at this hobby, but I guarantee I have the most fun
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