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  1. #31

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  2. #32
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    Once upon a time ago, not that long ago, I asked a friend to detect his farm. The house has history, but 1/4 mile from the house on the hillside where no history was known, I found a Confederate belt buckle. Go figure. I have a lot of "what is that doing here?" types of relics.
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  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    ... but 1/4 mile from the house on the hillsidewhere no history was known,.....

    Uhhh, but sounds like you had reason to be hunting , in the vicinity, to begin with. Right ?

    And sure, it's neverendingly possible that some "spot" shows up, where it was never suspected. So : Do we neverendingling hunt in the middle of nowhere ? Or do we hedge our bets and hunt where human activity was known to have occurred ?
    Last edited by Tom_in_CA; Dec 29, 2018 at 10:32 PM.
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  4. #34
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    If you don't have another site close and want to swing , have at it.
    If you are a research buff ,find out what went on in that field over the years.

    An example of a municipal field I've hunted...A homestead was demolished and spread out over part of it long ago. Then fill was brought in. (And where did the fill come from and what was in it?).
    Various activities were held there over the decades. Mule pulls (spectators) tractor pulls ,fireworks viewing...

    So for a place to hunt close ,it works.
    Pulled some firsts out of it too!
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  5. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Uhhh, but sounds like you had reason to be hunting , in the vicinity, to begin with. Right ?

    And sure, it's neverendingly possible that some "spot" shows up, where it was never suspected. So : Do we neverendingling hunt in the middle of nowhere ? Or do we hedge our bets and hunt where human activity was known to have occurred ?
    How about if we have a chance to go somewhere we just go? Some folks just way overthink things.
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  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Uhhh, but sounds like you had reason to be hunting , in the vicinity, to begin with. Right ?

    And sure, it's neverendingly possible that some "spot" shows up, where it was never suspected. So : Do we neverendingling hunt in the middle of nowhere ? Or do we hedge our bets and hunt where human activity was known to have occurred ?
    We all understand where you are coming from. I certainly look at old maps to see where activity was. This field has been farmed for many years. It was even a tree farm for a while way back when. So that's what got me thinking. It has certainly had human activity all over it through the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Personally, I do not think that just hunting "any old farmer's field" is worthwhile. There has to have been something that went on there. Eg.: a cellar hole, stage stop, park, trading post, traveler stop spot, habitation, etc....

    Perhaps in Europe they can just walk out to "any cultivated field", and detect, and find stuff. But they've had 2000+ yrs. of continuous cultivation/civilization there (of which 1800+ of those years were hand-labor). Versus the USA, where our history is just too young.

    Oh sure, somewhere ... in any random field in the USA, is *bound* to be a fluke wheatie, buffalo nickel, or whatever. But it's needles in hay-stacks, if you're relying on random field-worker losses. JMHO.
    Actually I have found coins in every random field ive ever hit - all it takes is one person/farmer to lose a coin or a button
    usually older farms were farmed by whole families or whole towns sometimes
    house I grew up in when I started detecting was built in the late 30s - found out it had a small "poor farm" there
    in the late 1800s - I found period stuff from when house was built - mercs and such but also found my first large cent there - lot was only about 1/4 acre - found a few musket balls too there - poor farm was maybe 5 acres
    but every other field ive tried over my 40+ yrs hunting - have always come up with some keepers - from 1 acre fields to couple hundred acres
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  8. #38
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    Hawks88

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    I wouldn’t hesitate. I’d have done it by now. Good luck.
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  9. #39

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    One other thing of note; if everyone else thought that this field wouldn't produce and didn't hunt it, then you could be looking at a virgin site. Those don't come along too often. I have had one in my time metal detecting, and i spent years detecting it and getting goodies out of it. Its hard to find anything there now, you can squeak out one every now and then, but for a long time it was great. Who knows, you may come back here and post some great finds and continue to go back, finding good things for awhile. Here's hoping you do.....
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  10. #40

    Mar 2007
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    Wow, this is an eye-opening thread. I have often wondered why I bump into people who've given up, d/t they don't find stuff. And they come to me asking me to loop them into sites I'm working. And when I scrutinize the rationales of what led them to wherever-it-was they were working (with meager results) I point out to them the "better odds" (ie.: the backgrounds of types finds I've made).

    When I reflect back on 40+ yrs, of having scouted out virgin stage stops, virgin county picnic sites, etc.... Their was always something that pointed me in the direction of research. Ie.: they weren't just "random forest" or "random farmer's field". Yes, I know they do that in Europe, but .... here , I can point you to ag. land that's had continuous cultivation for 100 to 150 yrs., and guaranteed: You will go for days before finding a wheat penny or barber dime that "farmer bob might have lost there 100 yrs. ago".

    And yes: I grant that the east coast has had 100 to 200 years more history. But if you talked to the guys over there who are "bringing in the finds", you'd probably see that, they too are hedging their bets and hitting sites where it was known that some past activity (homesites , battle sites, etc...) occurred .
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  11. #41
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    Nov 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Wow, this is an eye-opening thread. I have often wondered why I bump into people who've given up, d/t they don't find stuff. And they come to me asking me to loop them into sites I'm working. And when I scrutinize the rationales of what led them to wherever-it-was they were working (with meager results) I point out to them the "better odds" (ie.: the backgrounds of types finds I've made).

    When I reflect back on 40+ yrs, of having scouted out virgin stage stops, virgin county picnic sites, etc.... Their was always something that pointed me in the direction of research. Ie.: they weren't just "random forest" or "random farmer's field". Yes, I know they do that in Europe, but .... here , I can point you to ag. land that's had continuous cultivation for 100 to 150 yrs., and guaranteed: You will go for days before finding a wheat penny or barber dime that "farmer bob might have lost there 100 yrs. ago".

    And yes: I grant that the east coast has had 100 to 200 years more history. But if you talked to the guys over there who are "bringing in the finds", you'd probably see that, they too are hedging their bets and hitting sites where it was known that some past activity (homesites , battle sites, etc...) occurred .
    Again and this is how I approach it and feel, I go anywhere I get a chance to. I haven’t been d/t long but enjoy every chance I get to just get out. Honestly if I don’t find anything at a certain site I’m ok with that and had fun anyway, If I do find things well it’s all a plus. I too am researching some sites around me and hope to get some permissions. So I approach it both ways. For me it’s the thrill of anything could be found anywhere... you never know unless you look.
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  12. #42
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    My advice? Hunt that field!
    Do it just for the exercise or getting more familiar with your detector. Take some pictures. Breath in the air..
    Don’t forget your gloves and water. Have some fun!
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  13. #43
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    We all know that good finds can be had just about anywhere, but, depending on what you are trying to find, some areas will likely be more productive than others. If you have choices, pick the one most likely to have the items you seek. I don't go to modern urban parks to find jewelry, for instance. I find much more jewelry at a swimming beach. Does that mean I can't or won't find jewelry at a park? Of course not. Others I know are willing to put up with digging tons of junk, spend countless hours sifting through that crap to find just one piece of decent jewelry. That just isn't my cup of tea. It just boils down to choices you can make and what you wish to do with the detecting time you have. If you want to hunt a random field or site with unknown history knowing that it could be a total waist of time, why not? You might discover it does have a very interesting history that was previously unknown. It might also be so quiet that you fall asleep. Sometimes it's the unknown and promise of adventure that keeps our juices flowing. This is also how some great discoveries are made. Good Luck!
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