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    A question of ethics - old abandoned graveyards

    I'm aware of a long abandoned graveyard, dating probably back to the early 1800's. There are as many as 50 grave sites featuring only ground stones as markers. Many of these are probably relatives of my family.

    As a person of faith and ethics, I'm not a grave robber.

    But then this is so very tempting.

    Any thoughts on this?
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    This referee has toss a red flag on the field, 15 yards, automatic 4th down, for even thinking that this is OK!!!
    Well at my age I am still asking myself, "To be or not to be."

    You have a most blessed day............

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevAndy View Post
    This referee has toss a red flag on the field, 15 yards, automatic 4th down, for even thinking that this is OK!!!
    And THAT my friend is why I haven't hit it!
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    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

    The Bill of Rights: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/fou...ill-of-rights/

    The Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/cha...ranscript.html

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    eh, in my book if you cleaned up the graveyard and markers first all would be forgiven.

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    No No. Taboo.!!!
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    For me, the problem is PUBLIC PERCEPTION. If someone saw me detecting in a graveyard, no matter how old or abandoned, I would be labeled a grave robber. If I was there with a small group of people wearing orange vests, working in taped off grids with digging tools and clipboards, in all probability no one would bat an eye.

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    I wouldn’t want the karma..good or bad.


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    Nope, I would not
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    I don't believe in karma. The hindus can't even agree on it.
    Anyway,are you talking about using a MD to look for coins and such in the area? That doesn't seem out of bounds. Although if you are seen it would ptobably be thought ghoulish.
    You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us-Sappho

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    I would never ever detect inside a graveyard no matter how old it is. now on the other hand, I would not have a problem detecting the area surrounding where people could have dropped change or other things when visiting the graveyard or attending funerals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firemanphob View Post
    I would never ever detect inside a graveyard no matter how old it is. now on the other hand, I would not have a problem detecting the area surrounding where people could have dropped change or other things when visiting the graveyard or attending funerals.
    The graveyard is very close to me on a hilltop and heavily forested - thus long forgotten. My ancestors settled this holler around sometime early to mid 1700's.

    There's no way in the world I'd even consider detecting on the graves themselves - though it was custom in the early days here to place a coin on the grave of a loved one. What I was considering is the area around the graves and not in the immediate yard itself where people would have crowded for the funerals.
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

    The Bill of Rights: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/fou...ill-of-rights/

    The Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/cha...ranscript.html

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    I detected a farm field, we were joking that there was a civil war hoard buried in the field; when about 10 feet outside, repeat "outside" a fenced in family plot I got a signal, dug it and 3 feet down was a casket. We contacted the Farmer, he had us dig more to confirm it was a metal casket. He was shocked and didn't know who it was or why it was "outside" the plot....strange things do happen.

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    You got a signal, 3 feet deep, with your Garrett? What coil? lol

    Go for it DeepseekerADS. The coin placed on a grave is one not to disturb. Anything accidentally dropped in the area is the same as if it were dropped in a park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    The graveyard is very close to me on a hilltop and heavily forested - thus long forgotten. My ancestors settled this holler around sometime early to mid 1700's.

    There's no way in the world I'd even consider detecting on the graves themselves - though it was custom in the early days here to place a coin on the grave of a loved one. What I was considering is the area around the graves and not in the immediate yard itself where people would have crowded for the funerals.
    Personally, I'd have no problem with it, but, I'm not religious or superstitious. It's not as if you're digging up their grave. You're looking for shallow targets, not something 6 feet under. As mentioned, I'd show respect for the area by cleaning the place up, mow the brush, straighten the headstones, pull some weeds, pop some large cents! Anyone who wants to detect on top of my grave, is welcome to do it! Hopefully, that will be way in the future though!
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