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    Feb 2009
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    Signs of a good location

    I am hoping people here will share some of their tips to identifying a good location to hunt when looking for places in the woods that hold history. Some examples that are basic are foundations, cellar holes and structures but what are are some of the more subtle things that successful people look for?

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    technology lover

    Oct 2007
    clarkston michigan
    E-trac & XLT
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    Re: Signs of a good location

    well rows of black walnut or huge oak trees is a giveaway
    also while driving down back roads you have to look for very faint old pathways that used to come into the road also a lot of the sites are near the top of hills rather than in lower sections due to flooding fruit trees of any kind are a giveway also ground covering ivy and iris usually where you find this stuff there is an old homestead near it look for the tall green and yellow grass
    ive also walked onto several early 1800 homesites where there were still rosebushes tupips and assorted other flowers that rarely end up these kind of places without beeing planted, big collections of jack pines in the middle of no where tell you something
    I will tell you i have come across deep stone lined wells that were not filled in at all on several homesites as others here will attest, they are still there and can be covered up by overgrowing grass, sticks and such
    you def have to keep your eye out for these.
    hope this helps
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    Nov 2007
    ,M.X.T.& Tesoro Tejon
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Re: Signs of a good location

    Non native decorative plants,trees,fruit trees,bushes or trees in a row.Springs or near creeks.Also pottery,porceline,china and glass shards.Research!!!!!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon

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  4. #4
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
    WHITES, MINELAB, Garrett
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Signs of a good location

    A good sign

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  5. #5
    Jun 2007
    Central Wisconsin
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    Re: Signs of a good location

    Around here in WI, seems like most old homesteads had lilac bushes in front of the house. The lilacs are still growing, usually with a cellar hole behind them.

  6. #6
    Aug 2009
    The Ozarks, Missouri
    Teknetics Alpha 2000
    99 times
    Relic Hunting

    Re: Signs of a good location

    When looking for an older home site in the woods, I will often look for younger trees. If there is an area where there are no old growth trees, or just a couple, it might be where the home site may have been. A lot of determining where I start to look has to do with previous research too based on plat maps, old topos, etc.


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    Apr 2003
    South Carolina
    Teknetics T2 SE, Fisher Gold Bug Pro, Shadow X5, Fisher F75/F70, Garrett Infinium
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    Relic Hunting
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    Re: Signs of a good location

    High ground, near water...look for black glass and blue rim/feather edge china...then you're in the zone. All of these usually add up to a "good location."

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  8. #8
    Apr 2011
    Whites XLT Dankowski-modified CZ-3D
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Look for remains of gardens. Lilacs in the middle of nowhere. Also, patches of tin cans all in one place (old dumps) usually found very close to inhabitation. Telegraph poles, modifications on trees, etc. I tend to walk along old roads just to see what I'll find. do your research. Look at settlement maps. HH.

  9. #9
    Sep 2011
    Southwest, CT
    Spectra V3i with wireless headphones, Bounty Hunter 505, 8" & 10.25" Coils,
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I tell my kids that stone walls usually lead to something so follow them! Look for the openings so you can see the way that stuff was moved in/out.

    Bing maps also let you see the woods in the fall without the leaves on the trees. This way I see the stonewalls and how they are positioned.

    Look for myrtle.

    As xdanthemanx said: WATCH OUT FOR UNCOVERED WELLS! I'm seen these as well, VERY DANGEROUS!. I usually put large branches in them so I or someone else can spot them.
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    Jul 2012
    Poconos, Nw.NJ & Delaware Valley
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    Rock piles are a sure sign of land clearing, for either a homesite, or cultivation. Also examine closely unnatural mounds and depressions, and anytime you get iron signals at least you know peaople were there or passing through.



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