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  1. #1
    Apr 2019
    Forestville, California
    Old Maps, Dowsing, Borrowed detecting equipment from friends.
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    Unusual treasures

    Hello, all.

    I am new to TreasureNet, but not new to treasure hunting, or to forums. (I run a very large forum on folklore, but that is off-topic here.)

    My idea of treasure may be a little different than yours. I have panned for gold and found it (who in California has not?) But i actually decided to join the forum to express my great respect and honour to the late EagleDown. I know the places of which he speaks, and have panned there circa 1957 through 1961 with my late mother and stepfather -- and found plenty of flakes and a few small nuggets.

    My stepfather had spent a summer in pursuit of the Lost Dutchman Mine when he was a young man. Needless to say, he did not find it, but he became adept at panning for gold and we went out regularly, and also sought rare stones and minerals, not for profit, but "for pretty." We were rockhounds in those days, and treasure was only part of what we sought.

    We also sought relics. A branch of my mother's family had once been located in the town of Copperopolis, and we went hunting for evidence of their habitations in the form of pottery sherds, glass bottles, cast iron, wrought iron, and coins.

    These expeditions spurred in me a lifelong interest in finding 19th century farmstead middens and dumps and Native American campsites -- not "treasure" to all, but items of great value to me. A hand-forged grape-hoe head of Italian pattern found in an abandoned vegetable garden spot is as thrilling to me as money in the bank is to others. A sterling silver pin from a Knights Templar gathering in San Diego in 1903 opens my mind with wonder and joy. The obsidian arrowheads and knives and the shaped stone adzes i have found hold a special place in my heart.

    I do not own any metal detection equipment of my own, but we have had friends over to search our old farmstead, which was settled in 1875 by a blacksmith (yes, we have found hundreds of hand-forged horseshoes). Mostly i work by old maps and by dowsing.

    I realize that dowsing is a controversial subject in this forum, and i fully intend to let the ill-tempered skeptics "talk to the wall," as i will not be replying to them.

    I am a G-Scale Garden Railroader, married to a wonderful husband, a proud mother and grandmother, and still working for a living, a few weeks shy of my 72nd birthday.

    Nice to meet you!
    Last edited by catyron; Apr 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM.
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  2. #2
    Charter Member
    Nov 2012
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    Welcome! You sound a lot like me. I have a few detectors right now and occasionally gold pan, fortunately, the vein is under my house so I don't have to travel far! It's very, very small stuff however.
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    Amature Historian and World Traveler.

    Feb 2013
    Sovereign America
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    Welcome aboard...
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    There are no ancient secrets to decoding the past, there is only great research and applied logic.

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Welcome to Treasurenet from SoCal.
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    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
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    Welcome to the forum from Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
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    Welcome Aboard! Take a look at Forum:California for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state.
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  7. #7
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    Aug 2013
    Some where out there
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    Welcome to TreasureNet from Southern California. Great introduction post.
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  8. #8
    Mar 2012
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    Catyron, A Big Welcome to You to the Tnet forum from Georgia. Glad to have you join us. Most Relic Hunters including myself feel the same as you do about our finds and saves. Our treasure as you said are the relics we find. It's not about a dollar figure, but rather about our History and the personal story or History that goes along with each piece. You said it well. Treasures found is in the eyes of the beholder.
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    Feb 2019
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    Welcome from SC!
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    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
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    Welcome to tnet from Niagara Falls. Enjoy.
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    Northern Virginia
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    Welcome from Northern Virginia
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    Apr 2018
    Lanesville, IN
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    Welcome from Indiana
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  14. #14
    Apr 2019
    Forestville, California
    Old Maps, Dowsing, Borrowed detecting equipment from friends.
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    Thanks to all for the welcoming posts. I am enjoying myself here greatly.
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    Hello and welcome to T-Net from Southeast Louisiana... "D"
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