Digging into a mid 1800s tavern trash pit
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25
Like Tree80Likes

Thread: Digging into a mid 1800s tavern trash pit

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    us
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, XP Deus, Fisher 1270
    9,071
    12023 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)

    Digging into a mid 1800s tavern trash pit

    Saturday I dug a small exploratory test hole into a trash deposit on the site of a tavern/inn that was active from the 1830s into the 1860s. I have found a large cent, a half cent, a two cent, a flying eagle, fatty IHPs, and a seated dime, along with other relics from the period, but I have exhausted all the targets accessible by surface hunting. Here is the hole I opened up.


    At about a foot down, there is a layer of broken ceramics about 8 inches deep. I like to save the colorful pieces to put in display cases.


    I was only able to recover one good metallic target, a large cent with a glob of iron fused to it.


    It took a little work to remove the iron encrustation from the LC, but I got it to the point where it's recognizable.



    Here is my hole sewed back up. I will return in the winter months with a tarp and open a larger area.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hole Open.jpg 
Views:	503 
Size:	237.6 KB 
ID:	1946150   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Pottery 1.jpg 
Views:	509 
Size:	2.71 MB 
ID:	1946151   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Pottery 2.jpg 
Views:	505 
Size:	2.11 MB 
ID:	1946152   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	China shards.jpg 
Views:	503 
Size:	1.68 MB 
ID:	1946153   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LC in Dirt Clod.jpg 
Views:	500 
Size:	2.24 MB 
ID:	1946154  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LC in Iron.jpg 
Views:	494 
Size:	1.49 MB 
ID:	1946155   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Dirty LC 2.jpg 
Views:	490 
Size:	779.5 KB 
ID:	1946156   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Dirty LC 1.jpg 
Views:	493 
Size:	1.06 MB 
ID:	1946157   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LC front.jpg 
Views:	494 
Size:	620.1 KB 
ID:	1946158   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	LC back.jpg 
Views:	486 
Size:	915.5 KB 
ID:	1946159  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Hole closed.jpg 
Views:	483 
Size:	228.5 KB 
ID:	1946160  
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Sep 07, 2021 at 10:49 AM.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 32
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  2. #2

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
    3,955
    12138 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Your intuition paid off. Lots of cool artifacts. I always wonder how many quality targets are masked at old sites. We took a Merc and buried it 4 inches at one of our cellar hole sites this weekend and our detectors could not pick it up. Too much iron, rust and minerals.

    Nice LC, congrats!!
    pepperj, Steve in PA and scruggs like this.

  3. #3
    us
    Jan 2021
    Southwest Florida
    Minelab Equinox 600
    361
    386 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Congrats, really nice finds!
    Steve in PA likes this.

  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2014
    florida
    4,297
    6336 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    All those shards look nice laid out. A very promising site, will you be screening?
    scruggs likes this.

  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, XP Deus, Fisher 1270
    9,071
    12023 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Your intuition paid off. Lots of cool artifacts. I always wonder how many quality targets are masked at old sites. We took a Merc and buried it 4 inches at one of our cellar hole sites this weekend and our detectors could not pick it up. Too much iron, rust and minerals.

    Nice LC, congrats!!
    Actually I discovered this trash deposit a while back chasing deep piece of iron that turned out to be an axe head. The large cent was about 1.5 feet deep. That's an interesting experiment you did with the merc in the trashy area.
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Sep 07, 2021 at 10:51 AM.
    crashbandicoot and Fat like this.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 32
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  6. #6
    us
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, XP Deus, Fisher 1270
    9,071
    12023 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by villagenut View Post
    All those shards look nice laid out. A very promising site, will you be screening?
    Not with my sifter, although my brother did eyeball a nice gun flint in the last test hole we opened up. I'll probably get my brother to help me again and he can go through the dirt as I throw it on the tarp.
    villagenut and crashbandicoot like this.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 32
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  7. #7
    us
    Nov 2018
    Equinox 600
    378
    2195 times
    Metal Detecting
    Congrats! Great assortment.
    Steve in PA likes this.
    When in doubt dig it out!

    Check out my page at the link below.

    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/se...rchid=25055381

  8. #8
    us
    TunaTonker

    Nov 2016
    Whites, Garrett, Minelab
    1,635
    3490 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thats a dream site, can you imagine being allowed to skim off a 6" layer of dirt over the entire site and detect the whole area? Then scrape off another 6" and detect again, keep working your way down?!
    US Army, Operation Desert Storm, 1987-1993. Resident De-Bunker. I'm blunt because I don't have time to indulge your fantasies. Treasure is found down here on Earth, not on Google Earth.

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    us
    Randy

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
    Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800
    11,418
    19598 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Nice!!!!! Great Recovery!!! Congrats!!!
    Steve in PA likes this.
    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

  10. #10
    us
    Apr 2013
    Eastern Massachusetts
    AT Pro, XP Deus
    3,303
    6004 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Gotta say...those pottery shards are quite pretty. You seem to have a good eye with all of your photos. Excellent detail.
    Steve in PA and scruggs like this.

  11. #11

    Aug 2017
    SW MO
    Garrett AT PRO, Garrett Ultra GTA 500, Equinox 600
    1,000
    2292 times
    Metal Detecting
    Today I learned people throw away money when drinking
    Steve in PA, pepperj and AARC like this.

  12. #12
    us
    ARC

    Aug 2014
    Bahia Del Espiritu Santo - "Bay of the Holy Spirit”
    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
    28,860
    86422 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Well done... great post... pictures as well.
    Steve in PA likes this.
    DETECT WITH RESPECT - HAVE PERMISSION - FILL HOLES - DISPOSE OF TRASH. The Random Chat Thread---> http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...en-24-7-a.html

  13. #13
    RPM

    Dec 2020
    Southern States of America
    AT Max
    475
    1171 times
    Relic Hunting
    Nice Finds!! I love those colorful shards!
    Steve in PA likes this.

  14. #14
    us
    Standing Firm in the Faith, Wherever I May Roam- Nothing Else Matters

    Jan 2006
    Cape Cod
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro, Explorer XS, Fisher CZ6A
    3,630
    4771 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Great work and post! I'm looking forward to seeing what you find when you widen that up with the tarp- Good luck!!
    Steve in PA likes this.
    -- Jeff --

  15. #15
    us
    ARC

    Aug 2014
    Bahia Del Espiritu Santo - "Bay of the Holy Spirit”
    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
    28,860
    86422 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by bologna321 View Post
    Today I learned people throw away money when drinking
    Hmmm I wonder if that's what they meant when they would say...

    "your throwing your money away drinking"... ?

    :P
    DETECT WITH RESPECT - HAVE PERMISSION - FILL HOLES - DISPOSE OF TRASH. The Random Chat Thread---> http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...en-24-7-a.html

 

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. 1800s Tavern find.
    By Noah_D in forum What Is It?
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: Aug 05, 2020, 07:48 PM
  2. more killer finds from the ole 1800s tavern site!!!!!
    By Mr Tuff in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: Dec 05, 2009, 04:12 PM
  3. Replies: 8
    Last Post: Dec 01, 2009, 02:43 AM
  4. Another find from the early 1800s tavern site
    By Fort Bedford Detectors in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: Nov 17, 2009, 08:49 PM
  5. another day on the old 1800s tavern / hotel site...
    By Mr Tuff in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Sep 28, 2009, 10:04 PM
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0