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  1. #1

    Dec 2019
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    Finding caches in old trees?

    I've heard stories about old miners stashing caches of gold in trees and also have heard of people finding old coins stashed in trees.

    Has anyone ever found treasure in trees before? Is it worth scanning a tree with a metal detector?
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    Makes sense but I haven't been that lucky. Still waiting for my first cache after over 40 years of detecting. Have heard that caches can be buried under bushes too so if you see a bush that looks out of place, grab the shovel.

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    I am guilty of throwing chunks of iron that are too big to carry out of the woods into tree stumps . seems like a good place to store them ..
    I've never found treasure in a tree or under a blow over. but have found civil war bullets lodges in fire wood.
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    One should ALWAYS detect trees... larger the tree ... the better for the older it is.

    I will also throw this tip...

    Any large old trees that have remnants of a rope swing or that look like they would be inviting to climb or sit on low branches... DETECT hard.
    will almost guarantee you find at least change.

    I have been detecting trees for eons and always will.
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    While most of those "stories" are pure fiction, its certainly possible. BUT you have to consider the age of the trees you are looking at. Any tree big enough to hide something INSIDE of would have been completely mature and likely already starting to die at the time of its hiding. Young, healthy trees dont have large cavities in the trunks you could hide something in. So, are those trees still standing today? How old are the trees you are looking at?
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    ARC

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    People have been using tree bases to hide things for millennia.

    Fact.

    Largest gold coin hoard in U.S. was found under tree that roots had pushed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    One should ALWAYS detect trees... larger the tree ... the better for the older it is.

    I will also throw this tip...

    Any large old trees that have remnants of a rope swing or that look like they would be inviting to climb or sit on low branches... DETECT hard.
    will almost guarantee you find at least change.

    I have been detecting trees for eons and always will.
    Agree with AARC... My first Walker Half was under the limbs of a large pine tree at a school. I figured at one time the tree was much smaller and kids probably ran around it.

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    ARC

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    Once years ago... I was detecting an area... found noting... worked my way over to a tree I had spied as a stop point...

    Soon as I got to the low branches... I was a digging fool.

    Along with 2 other people on different sides.

    Was a field day.
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    Always keep in mind that people will sit under a large tree because of the shade it provides from the sun. Coins fall out of pockets when they do that. Once found a silver coin spill under a tree.
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    In fact... when I detect ANYWHERE non beaches...

    I look for the biggest trees and work my way toward them.

    Like I said... the larger the tree... the longer its been there.

    I have found more great stuff under a tree than I have in fields or anywhere else.

    My best axe head was laying at the base of a tree... 3 inches down.
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    change is the biggest thing.

    Anyone who does not believe it... has never detected. :P

    Trees anyway.
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    I ran into a fellow detectorist who had found a solid sterling silver purse full of ~1900s coins in a tree on a play ground. I always scan trees and have spent many an hour wrestling chunks of cast iron and such from their greedy roots.
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    After the hurricane Irma a few large trees blew over when looking around I found my first large black glass bottle in the hole that the tree left
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    You might also look for indentations in the ground where LARGE stumps may have been removed. I always check around indentations in the ground. Where trees may have been is places people may have BEEN !! This ALSO INCLUDES BLVD's and Tree Lawns also
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    Anyone remember - ring around the rosie ----lots of playing around trees in the old days before tv-----Click image for larger version. 

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