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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2006
    MI
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    Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Hello everybody. I just got back from my annual cross-country “Michigan Adventure” and I have spent the last 32 days on the open road exploring whatever my heart desired and wherever my Jeep could take me. I took along both land and water detectors, scoops, bike, and inflatable seaeagle kayak to complete my adventures. On my travels, I found plenty of treasure, jewelry, and long forgotten relics, however, I was not prepared for the ancient artifact I discovered when I finally reached Michigan. My most exciting find was this Old Copper Culture socketed spear-point. It was found on a friends wooded lot, about 10 feet from the edge of the forest and was soundly detected by the MXT at 9 inches underground. It was wedged in-between two tree roots and when it was unearthed it measured 4 1/8 inches and has a speck of silver on the center of one side (not sure of the weight just yet.) .

    When I got back to the Jeep after finding it (sorry-no shots from the field), I was covered in dirt up to my elbow and across part of my face….It didn’t mater I’m sure glad I decided to be persistent and dig that copper signal that turned out to be a North American artifact that rivals the age of ancient Egypt. Research shows that this spear point could potentially be 7000 years old. Wow- I carefully cleaned it with H2o and saved some of the organic material to see if I can someday get carbon dated. It looks like there might be some more wood in the socket. This archaic spear-point is definitely a piece of equipment any pre-bronze age hunter living in Northern Michigan would want to have in their assortment of survival gear. I'm glad its in my collection.

    After finding such a great piece, everything else was just fun to find. I found 26 Wheaties (oldest 1927), scored a dime trifecta (1905 Barber, 4 Mercs, 2 Rosies), two silver necklaces, silver heart chain bracelet, five silver rings, a gold(?) pandora charm, a 1933 Ford token "30 years of Progress", and a 1963 CESKOSLOVENSKA 1 KORUNA coin with a woman planting on one side and a lion crest on the other (Joepher-you know where I got that one), Insurence co. charm, and a alpha chi omega accessory. Since I was getting out almost every chance I could, I also managed to find $79.88 is clad and also a Watch Fob with a Native American chief drawing back a bow- I gave this special piece away to family member who is getting interested in the hobby/lifestyle. I had an absolute blast on my trip and one things for sure.... I plan on keepin' the adventures rollin'! Happy Hunting--J.

    P.S. Special Thanks to Joepher for the V.I.P trip to MI's 6th Great Lake - you practically stumble over treasure Joe. Also, Dan L.-Thanks for the lake--Get a quality scoop & Good Luck with the New Detector (let me know how summer treats you.) Thanks to U.P. Bill for the good hunt and great regional advice. Tommy with the Excal, I hope ya see this....and Carl and the guys I met today in CO. good to see ya in the field, maybe we'll met again -thanks for the motivation to post- I also managed to go on a few hunts with my dad and we found a couple keepers too...Of course he already found his "big one" see....
    youtube.com/watch?v=Erlb9xpdJIs to watch him rub it in on me on Bonny Hunt Show.
    j.
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    Dig Deep!

  2. #2

    Dec 2007
    Bedford Pa
    E-Trac, GPX 5000
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Amazing ! What a Find !!

    HH
    FBB
    www.fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com

  3. #3

    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    That is a very impressive and under rated find! That belongs on the banner!!

    Post it down in the Native American section.
    If the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor!

  4. #4
    us
    Jul 2008
    Maryland
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    What a great find and fun post. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  5. #5
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
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    Metal Detecting
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    I agree, I vote banner !!!
    ALLEN

  6. #6
    us
    Jan 2011
    Huntingdon County Pa.
    Whites Spectrum XLT
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Quote Originally Posted by allen
    I agree, I vote banner !!!
    Congrats on the banner! That is an awesome copper find. I think alot of people wouldn't recognise it for what it is. Nice find! DD.

  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2005
    Panhandle of Florida
    T2 SE,Sovereign Elite,two Excal II s and a cibola
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Truly amazing!!
    God and country.

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2009
    Piedmont N.C.
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    That is awesome!! Not to mention all the other great finds.
    Congrats on the Banner!!

  9. #9
    us
    Jan 2007
    eastern Oklahoma
    Whites Prizm 11 & White's XLT
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point



    Congratulations on your BANNER FIND.

    Fossis................
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

  10. #10
    us
    Jul 2011
    Pikeville,NC.
    Bounty Hunter-Quick Silver
    17

    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Awsome! Being a FORD guy, I really like that Ford coin.


    Willie

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2008
    SE Missouri
    garage sale oldie
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    TH'ing, fishing, reading, cooking

    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    don't know what sounds better, the trip itself or all the treasures you found! what an incredible vacation you were able to take. & truly amazing finds!
    dancing in the fire!

  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2006
    MI
    Whites MXT, Excal 10", Pin Pointer Pro BackUp: Garrott Ultra 1000 & Ultra 350
    294
    7 times
    Honey Holes
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Thanks for the comments guys. Too much! I'm grateful to make the banner!!! Having such a great trip, finding this ancient North American artifact in MI., and making the banner equals a thrill of a lifetime. Thanks to everybody here who has the courage (and time) to post their finds and stories. The only reason I battled it out with a tree root at 9 inches was because I have seen what great finds can be had if you do research on the area your in and being persistant in the field.

    Keep your coil level and your digger sharp - MJ
    Dig Deep!

  13. #13
    us
    Jun 2009
    The Frozen Tundra
    Whites's PRIZM V Heathkit GP-45 Metal Locator Garrett Ace 150 Pacific Northwest Insturments BH2
    121
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Fantastic find MJ. Most people don't even realize that this advanced culture existed. Modern scholars are more interested in studying far away places and have completely overlooked our ancient history. Thank you for bringing this beautiful artifact to light!

  14. #14

    Nov 2007
    ,M.X.T.& Tesoro Tejon
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Quote Originally Posted by up north
    Fantastic find MJ. Most people don't even realize that this advanced culture existed. Modern scholars are more interested in studying far away places and have completely overlooked our ancient history. Thank you for bringing this beautiful artifact to light!
    I fully agree!!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon



    "A pen in the hand of this president is far more dangerous than a gun in the hands of 200 million law-abiding citizens."

  15. #15
    us
    Mar 2009
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    Re: Old Copper Culture Spear Point

    Great story, and What a find!!!!! congratulations!

 

 
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