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    I found this button in a yard that the house dates back to the early 1800s. I also found an old skeleton key. Other then that all the coins and things I am finding is from the 1970s. I don?t understand how I find two old items and then nothing but modern things. Anyone have any ideas what might be the reason for this?

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    Maybe its been hunted before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJH View Post
    I found this button in a yard that the house dates back to the early 1800s. I also found an old skeleton key. Other then that all the coins and things I am finding is from the 1970s. I don?t understand how I find two old items and then nothing but modern things. Anyone have any ideas what might be the reason for this?
    Could well be that construction was done over the years, and
    in the process dirt from some areas was relocated. The other
    possibility being that soil was added on top of the original dirt,
    placing the older items out of reach for the detector.
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    Coins, buttons, and other artifacts are where they are. If the property was occupied for several generations, then you will have old and new mixed together.....and depending on how much was lost or discarded by each of those occupations will dictate what there is to be found from those periods. Add to that what others have said about soil transferance and other detectorists being there, then you can see the many variables that affect each site. Some older sites, even virgin, may have little to give.
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