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    First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    22 January Forgot to say, I was lucky to get out at all yesterday, today its raining buckets.... the whole day!
    23 January, 13:30, still raining, no detecting!

    Finally could get out and dig in the ground, it's thawed out now. Close where I live a farmhouse was demolished,
    so I knew where to go. The farmhouse was from the 19th century (many of those had been rapidly built, and were
    nowadays is bad condition), but there were farmhouse previously on the lot for centuries past. In the past I had
    found two small pieces of a beautiful round gold hanger there which was from the 15th or earlier century, so my
    hopes were high. But I saw pretty quickly that the ground had not been dug deeply, only a few pieces of 17th
    century pottery and a piece of tile from the early 1600's was laying on the surface. But I still wanted to search,
    it has been a long time since I had done that.

    The farmhouse was of the 4 sided type, the type were built around a heavy wooden 4 sided construction, which
    provided the backbone for the house. Because the rest of the house was in very poor condition it was removed.
    The only thing left was then the 4-side wooden construction. It was moved in back of the lot and will be used
    later to construct the new 'farmhouse type' of house.

    Here a photo of the site with the 4-sided wood construction moved away a bit, a drawing of how the 4-sided
    wood construction was used, and a typical 4-sided farmhouse.




    I searched for about a hour, it was still cold and rainy. But I had pretty good luck with the finds, most of the time
    I can only find a few things at such a site, but this time I was more lucky and there were a few nice things. Found
    4 coins, all from the 17th century (earliest 1602), a clay marble, two pipe cleaners, a nice knife handle, a great
    button and a knife blade in almost perfect condition (17th century). Only had to use a little electrolysis on it and
    then dried and perserved it.

    My finds


    The neat button is from the "Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart" (Maritime College School) which was constructed in 1781.


    This the the school (college) building, still in use in Amsterdam


    And a photo of the 2 pipe cleaners and knife handle

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    way to go on those nice relics...
    ALLEN

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    very,very cool woody! CONGRATS ON THOSE FINDS AND GETTING OUT!

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    seger98

    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Very nice post, great pictures & story. You have some really nice artifacts there. Will the coins clean up alright?

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Enjoyed reading your post Woody and thanks for the
    pictures and explainations.
    Congratulations on the great relic and coin finds. Summertime
    is not too far away and you will be able to dig deeper. Stay
    warm and dry. Gold Nuggets
    It's amazing just how much treasure people loose and we manage to find.

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Very nice finds!
    It looks like your hunch paid off.
    Mike

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Very nice relics. Awesome job
    YeeHaw!

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    That is extremely interesting finds. Those coins and pipe cleaners are terrific. Hope you find a bunch more there and for a long time. Keep posting. Good pics.

    SKD
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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    You sure have some very neat finds there. Congs......Matt
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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Quote Originally Posted by sage
    very,very cool woody! CONGRATS ON THOSE FINDS AND GETTING OUT!
    Yea Sage, I was lucky. Today its raining cats and dogs (and maybe even monkeys)... so
    home is my abode today....

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Quote Originally Posted by seger98
    Very nice post, great pictures & story. You have some really nice artifacts there. Will the coins clean up alright?
    Thanks! I don't know about the coins. One is almost good, the others are covered with a very hard
    crust. I will try but who knows. I have buckets full of copper / bronze coins that I could not clean or
    even want to clean, because cleaning sometimes removed the patina. That is always a problem to clean or not.
    If I am in doubt I don't clean. I do not display any (well maybe one or two) copper or bronze coins in my
    display cases, there is no room. So I usually try to determine what the coin is and put it away without cleaning.
    Maybe someday something will be found that would keep the oxide (patina) but remove the gunk.

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Thanks for reading the post! And for your kind remarks, all of you! I like to research and try to tell a bit about the
    history of what I found, why was it made and who did what with it. A lot of times when I find something I really
    wonder what it is, who wore it, and even who lost it (gold coins) and got their head cut off back then... The
    stories that your head makes up are very interesting!

  13. #13
    archaeon

    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    is that hammer a symbol of Thor?

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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    I like the pipe cleaners the best - very nice with no plough damage
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT,YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

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    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground' 30/09/12
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    Re: First hunt after the freeze in Holland!

    Woody,
    you are the man! Way to go, what are the coins? Keep it up, kane 23
    "Ride boldly ride" the shade replied if you search for El Dorado

 

 
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