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  1. Possible artifact?

    Yes, I know that's incredibly vague. I found this yesterday near the Ichetucknee River in Florida. About six inches deep. It's all iron. Heavily attracted to magnetic. It's the shape of it, the depth, the amount of rust, and the fact that it feels lighter than it should -- all those have me...
  2. ✅ SOLVED Bullet ID Help, Please

    I found this small round buried about 5- inches deep on some land near my house that's been inhabited since the early 1800's. Extremely light: 1.6 grams/25 grains Width ~.22 inches/5.7 mm Flattened if you look at it from the side Found near another similarly sized bullet (last picture) that...
  3. Another hand-forged nail, BUT this one is sharp on both ends?

    I have found so many pieces of 1800's hand-forged hardware back near my house that I don't post about it anymore, although it still gets me excited. This find from the other night, though, has me puzzled. I assumed it was just a normal nail until I put it in an electrolysis bath for a few hours...
  4. My new Fisher F5 is a monster!

    To celebrate a new job and promotion, the wife let me upgrade from my Garrett Ace 200. On the recommendation of another member, I went to metaldetector.com and got the Fisher F5 "closeout" package for $300 shipped to my door. I anxiously unpacked it last night and - even though I have no idea...
  5. A pretty good spring and early summer.

    Been traveling a ton for work but have been shoving my Ace in my suitcase whenever I’m gone for more than 3 or 4 days. Did a lot of hunting in and around San Diego, as well as a few other cities, in addition to the little coin-goldmine in the elementary school next door to me. Among my finds: *...
  6. ✅ SOLVED Cannot for the life of me...

    Hey y'all. I try hard not to bother you guys with trying to identify my junky finds but this one is just weird. I just got done living in San Diego for several weeks for work and spent many evenings and weekends exploring the backcountry in my convenient Jeep Wrangler rental. This thing I found...
  7. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Old Fuse?

    This sort of looks like an old fuse - or at least that's the best I can guess. The ends seem to be copper, but the center is what's weird. Solid, heavy metal. Based on how strongly it attracts a magnet, I'd say it's gotta be iron. Never seen a fuse with iron in the middle. Any guesses? Found...
  8. Antique Tire Chains!

    Still searching for signs of Civil War activity on the undeveloped properties in my area. Yesterday evening went for about an hour to an old dam that was a private road many years ago (thanks, www.historicaerials.com). I've found some old iron objects dating back to at least 1850 there, so I...
  9. Bullets!

    One of the cool things about living in the hood that also happens to have a ton of woods around it is that I find bullets all the time - at least 20 in the past year or so, along with another 20 shells.. Most of them are pretty easily identifiable - the hood bullets in particular (9 mm anyone?)...
  10. Found a Sherman Encampment - Civil War Hunting Partner Needed in Atlanta Area!

    Hey everyone - this new job of mine is really interfering with my hobby. I miss this forum! BUT, I have made what I consider to be a pretty exciting find! After tons of research, and the help of the David Rumsey Map Collection, I've figured out that Sherman's 60,000 soldiers (Forget, Hell!)...
  11. ✅ SOLVED Musket Ball?

    Hey y'all - my house in Stone Mountain is less than a mile from where Sherman's troops camped for a couple of nights on their march to Savannah during The War of Northern Aggression. I found this little ball in my front yard. Registers as iron, strongly magnetic. Put it in my tumbler for about...
  12. Live ammo in a schoolyard - notify the police or not?

    One of the things about living in an area that is "gentrifying" is that we find a TON of bullets and shell casings all over the place. This doesn't really alarm me, because they're always spent. BUT, the other day, my son and I found these two live rounds of 9MM ammo less than an inch deep in...
  13. Primitive hardware finds continuing

    They're just nails and screws, but I'm convinced they are pieces of a puzzle and that --- soon enough --- I'm gonna find something real cool. (I guess that's the delusion that keeps us all going, huh?). Regardless, it's still really neat uncovering them. These have all been thrown in a tumbler...
  14. First gold!

    I'm back from the dead - stupid job has been making me work and the lovely life has been insisting I finish the two cars I have torn apart, lowering our property values. But my boy and I occasionally have been sneaking away to an elementary school near us for a quick hunt. It's never been...
  15. Is it a rock or a piece of scrap?

    Seems this is a question that perplexes me a lot. This little piece is about an inch by an inch, it registered a strong and consistent 63-67 on the Ace 200. I've never found anything in that range that wasn't a ketchup or Swisher Sweets package. It's heavy (specific gravity is ~5.5) and it's...
  16. ✅ SOLVED Big chunk of rock - natural or mined?

    Still having a blast digging up random things on the site of an old 1800's house in my area. Yesterday, I found this 60-pound chunk of granite/quartz that was in the way of *sigh* yet another primitive rusty nail. Also found a huge iron spike buried right next to it (see first picture)...
  17. ✅ SOLVED Warning! Wear Safety Goggles! But for what?

    The comb was the only thing I had nearby for size comparison. The piece is roughly 2x2 and registers as iron, and it's pretty heavy for its size. I found it in an area where I think folks were busting rocks trying to find gold a long time ago. Although, clearly, this doesn't date to the 1800's...
  18. Help with Historic Aerials mystery

    I've bored y'all many times already with the history of the land near my house that I've started piecing together. I started finding a bunch of really old hand-forged nails, as well as some heavily oxidized iron-bearing rocks that are very much out of place. A couple of professors from local...
  19. Metal detectors doing their civic duty

    Thought I'd share a happy story. I've mentioned many times that I'm lucky enough to have almost 40 acres that abut my neighborhood. The land is owned by several individuals, but is unoccupied, and nobody minds me hunting. It is a beautiful natural habitat in the middle of an area that is just...
  20. ✅ SOLVED Bullet ID Help, Please

    I find a lot of bullets and shell casings on the land that I usually detect on here near Atlanta, but it?s usually obvious that they?re fairly recent, within in the past 50 years or so. But this one looks a little unusual to me. I couldn?t place it, even after doing some research. Admittedly, I...
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