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    First Colonial Bonanza of 2014!! Spanish Silver and Coppers!

    What a wild few weeks of weather the great state of Virginia has had. I initially had a plan for a good friend to join us for a weekend hunt, only to have to post-pone it due to 5-12" of snow that fell throughout the region on Wednesday. On Thursday we almost set the record for the coldest temp on record at -2 (actual, not windchill). On Saturday morning the ground was still basically 100% snow covered but with temps warming up to about 53 my good pal and digging partner Bill D and I figured we would at least try and get an afternoon hunt in. We planned to arrive at the site about noon, hoping that the morning warm up and sun would begin to melt things off. We were wrong on that account as when we arrived the site was still 100% covered - though only about an inch or more of packed snow remained.

    This is the site that I landed for us last weekend that was frozen and impossible to dig the way we typically do. We had hoped that the snow would have protected the ground from the below-zero temps - and again - we were wrong. At the beginning of the day we were dealing with about 3" of frozen dirt - breaking the cleat off of my shovel on a test hole left us with no other alternative - pickaxes! Neither of us wanted to remain inside all day so we gave it a go.

    We started off by gridding the site methodically but to little success. After about two hours of gridding at what we thought was ground zero and only recovering a few buttons and other odds and ends we both went on our separate ways to look for additional hot spots. Bill and I both struck nice little hot spots and spent the remainder of the day digging target after target - this was the rich site that we felt confident we left behind last week. I will let Bill fill you in on his finds, but he struck first with the initial coin of the day - then shortly afterwards I sniffed out a worn 1798 Large Cent from about 10" down. We kept going and then at the 11th hour - with day light dwindling I struck with a piece of cut silver (spanish pistareen).

    My total finds for the day were 26 various buttons (including an early glass inlay-ed button dating to the mid 1700s). I dug plenty of lead (including some early and crude pistol / shot pellets). I dug 70% of a nice colonial shoe buckle and picked up plenty of pipe stems that are littered throughout this site. This site will be a fun one multiple hunts to come - that makes four colonial coins for me in two short hunts. We also know that there is a killer pit or two there some where. The snow did mostly melt (with what was exposed to sun) but the ground remained frozen in spots - where it was not was left with inches of mucky overburden. The drive in that morning was on a solid roadbed (frozen) it took all my 4x4 could do on the way out to leave.

    HH

    Dan
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    WOW Nice variety of finds. You guys just keep pulling out some fantastic stuff. Just goes to show with a lot of research there's still a bunch to be found. I think 90% of successful detecting is the research. Mike

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    What an AWESOME Day you guys had. I've been dying to get out but the temps, snow & frozen ground are keeping me in, AARRGH!
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    Enjoyed reading about your hunt and seeing all of the colonial finds. With all of the conductive targets it would appear that this is a virgin site and one with awesome potential. I can't blame you for getting out there with the snow covered frozen ground. I wouldn't be able to stay away either. Look forward to seeing more and hopefully some trash pit finds.
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    What a great hunt! Some great looking buttons and that buckle is nice. I really love that cut piece of Spanish Silver! Great job on finding another site with awesome relics and coins. Good luck on your next hunts.

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    That's a lot of digging! Your digging tools are interesting choices, given the conditions, who could blame you lol
    Good effort!
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    More likely the blue stoned 'button' is a late 17th C-mid 18th C Cuff link. Some of the earliest ever made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    More likely the blue stoned 'button' is a late 17th C-mid 18th C Cuff link. Some of the earliest ever made.
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    Thanks Cru - you know I suspected it was older based on the back - but was afraid to say it. We have found some 1600's items here in the two short hunts, but have actually been looking for the 1600's land patent that we know is there somewhere.

    Dan
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    That's quite an impressive haul Dan, especially since you dug almost all your finds in the last 2-3 hours of the hunt. I think we definitely made up for the disappointment of the initial ground-zero gridding with the new hotspots we discovered. With such a large debris field we should be busy for quite a while at this site. Just hope the weather cooperates so we can get back in there again soon. I don't know who those 2 guys are in the last pic, but I certainly wouldn't want to mess with them .... haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    That's quite an impressive haul Dan, especially since you dug almost all your finds in the last 2-3 hours of the hunt. I think we definitely made up for the disappointment of the initial ground-zero gridding with the new hotspots we discovered. With such a large debris field we should be busy for quite a while at this site. Just hope the weather cooperates so we can get back in there again soon. I don't know who those 2 guys are in the last pic, but I certainly wouldn't want to mess with them .... haha!
    They do look quite formidable don't they...

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    You guys had a great hunt. I love all the buttons and the cut silver is awesome. That buckle looks pretty nice too. I would definitely hit that site again. Good luck when you return.
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    Now that's determination!! I love all of your finds Dan, especially the cufflink.

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