Post By New Orleans Relic
Feb 03, 2013, 12:57 PM
finding old cions in the fields
Metal detecting old farm sites//
Sitting about stoking the fire and waiting for warmer temps.
Reading all the posts from warmer areas, I am amaised at the finds out in corn fields, pastures etc:
Why are the coins there ??
From my studies of colonial America our forefathers were VERY conservative of everything and coins lost in the field would be alarming to them//.
My Grandfather kept his change in a clasp purse // His father probably worked all day for $.50. Dropping a quarter would be like me loosing a $100.00 bill/// yet WE detect the old stuff everyday// Very strange /// any comments ?? Perry
Feb 03, 2013, 01:31 PM
If it can be lost.....it will be lost....that's what I'm always being told anyways
Feb 03, 2013, 01:33 PM
Very true.. I like the picture of your puppy is that a lab?
Originally Posted by kayden
God made man.. Sam Colt made them equal
Feb 03, 2013, 02:16 PM
I'm so glad you asked that question! As I have thought it too!
I've always just assumed that whoever owned the land would sit for lunch or something, wherever they were in the field, and things might fall out of their pockets. I also figured that battles might have taken place there and maybe that's how coins shook loose... I dunno...
I'll be interested to see the replies.
Feb 03, 2013, 02:31 PM
Many of these fields had one or more houses, sometimes even towns, on them before they became fields. Anyplace people congregate there is a chance to find artifacts.
Feb 03, 2013, 04:26 PM
Yes pong & Thanks ...we have 3 labs & I have pics of them in my profile ...The female had a litter of 12 about 6 months ago
Originally Posted by pong12211
Just remember...what you miss today...I will find tomorrow!
Feb 04, 2013, 08:37 AM
This is about the responses I expected to get //
I posted a reasonable post about a reasonable question to do with our hobby. I was hopping to get a good discussion going//
what responses do we get //
#1 a useless proverb about stuff gets lost///
#2 I like the puppy in your avatar /// WTF does this have to do with coins in a corn field ///
#3 first good, intelligent response
#4 second good response
#5 “ yes that’s a Lab I have6 …....
I am beginning to think a lot of people just like to see themselves in print //
SO: I suggest :
If you can't contribute to the subject ---DONT POST
If you want to talk about something else-- START YOUR OWN POST
If someone posts a nice find there is NO NEED to post 15 times WTG, NICE FIND, DITTO, after the first response we all know its nice///
My sound off for the day/// Perry
Feb 04, 2013, 12:01 PM
Originally Posted by perry
Most think a bit of humor works here at TN. Notice our little funky Pirate swinging a metal detector in the top left. Cute huh?
I do think the "pups" post should have been a pm though.
Please refrain from the "WTF" in the future.
HH Ray ///////////
Feb 04, 2013, 01:08 PM
Hello Perry, I see you are new here. Welcome to T-net!
In spite of your endearing demeanor I will take a chance and offer some insight from my years of field hunting here in Texas.
First of all, very few place exist where people have not been before. I see that you live in New Hampshire. Here in Texas, rural areas were actually more populated than towns or cities. Just about any plot of land you might metal detect on here has some traces of past human activity in the form of lost metal objects. I am in constant amazement when I find out that an area that is totally "natural" looking used to be the spot of an old homestead or even an abandoned community!
If you peruse old plat maps in rural areas here in Texas from the 1880's to the 1930's it is littered with spots where small cotton farms used to be. Almost every square foot was farmed....thus human activity. I have found old coins, personal items and relics of all sorts, even early automobile parts out in the middle of a field.
Good luck and happy hunting!
Feb 04, 2013, 02:58 PM
Hi Thrill- Sory about the T-OFF but I'm getting a bit ster crazy // and this is the third post i've made and got nowhere with///
I am a history buff and have collected, laid out and mapped every deed in this town (12,000) from 1778-1999
I have made and published a map showing all original lots (1778), dwellings, roads. stonewalls and cellar holes ,++ for this town and area. (57 pre 1900 cellar holes and a few pre 1800 ) also including current tax lots overlayed to show ownership //
I have a new AT-PRO and am just waiting to get out/// Perry
Feb 04, 2013, 04:03 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
The reason coins are found in fields is many. Some are old settlements, farmer was lying under the tractor to fix it and coins fell out. Get some old platt maps to match up the area with old settlements. If you are finding pieces of bricks or other home scrap, work on that area good. TTC
Feb 04, 2013, 04:20 PM
Being new to the hunt, I have done some asking around to search old home sites ect., but really never thought of "field hunting" on it's self, but makes sense - while repairing something in the field one might lose change or poke a hole in their pocket trying to carry something out while running the horse' back out - need to expand my "field" of search so to speak!!!
Feb 04, 2013, 04:26 PM
sheesh perry, maybe you should tell us what you want us to say. It is an open thread.
Feb 04, 2013, 04:34 PM
The Beard "WP"
Around here in the midwest were the landscape is predomenently corn and bean fields I can tell you most fields used to have a farm house or building on the section. I have looked at old maps of my area and I see houses on every corner ( about a mile apart). Now you are lucky to find one house in a couple miles. Once land prices started to rise people would burn down or bury the old farm steads for the extra acres to farm. This just happened half a mile from my house just south of me. There was a little farm with a grove of trees surounding it, it had a house and a corn crib and some grain bins. This fall they buried and burned the house, knocked in its foundation, ripped down the corn crib, dismantled the grain bins and sold them and dug giant holes to put all the trees in. They took an excavator and pulled out all the trees in the begining of winter nd burned them all a few weeks ago. They did all of this to gain about an acre. The same thing happened to my grandparents farm. Farms are getting bigger, so is the equipment so less farmers need to be around.
Corn fields are full of stuff. Take my place for instance, it was used to raise cattle in the mid 40s-80s. All of those buildings have been plowed under and I find bricks all the time when I walk the field to pick up rocks. In my grove is the only evidence left of cows, a few skeletons my dogs like to screw with. You never know what you might find. Also plows rip up the soil and can move older stuff closer to the surface, always look after it has been plowed. Some of our friends over in Europe will agree with me on this.
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