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  1. More 17th century trash pit finds

    What a week this has been. Had a routine colonoscopy last Wed, had to go to the ER on Thurs in extreme pain, ran a record time in a 5k (24:42) plus did 6 hard hours in the pit on Sat with my buddy Stan, had to go back to the ER on Sun and was admitted to the hospital, been suffering from the...
  2. Is anyone good at deciphering Old English script?

    On Saturday we were digging in our 17th century pit where the early bottles came from, and my friend Stan recovered this interesting artifact. It's made of thick brass, and appears to be some kind of personal piece, but we're having a hard time deciphering the lettering. To me it looks like the...
  3. LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN!!!! Another complete 1600s bottle dug by my buddy.

    My good buddies Stan and Kenny Mac invited me back for another pit dig yesterday, and we picked up right where I dug a whole 17th century bottle 2 weeks ago. We knew we were in a nice little hotspot, and since KMac and myself had already recovered whole bottles from this site we insisted on...
  4. Question about our hobby

    Has anyone seen any data, or at least estimates, about how many metal detectorists there are in the US? Thanks ....
  5. Spanish cob and cut copper among recent recoveries

    Got out for a couple of half day hunts this week. Targets were hard to come by, but at least a few decent quality items showed up. Aside from an unexpected cob and a strange little cut copper, a large decorative leather ornament was also dug along with a few misc buttons and musketballs. The...
  6. Interesting colonial pewter item

    Does anyone know how old this is and what it may have been used for?
  7. 🥇 BANNER AMAZING .... Intact 1680s bottle pulled from early trash pit!!

    On Saturday my buddies Stan and KMac invited me to make a return trip to our favorite early colonial pit without our friend Dan who unfortunately had scheduling issues. We picked up where we were digging last time which was an area absolutely loaded with debris down to almost the 4 foot level...
  8. Is this a sword pommel or something else?

    Dug this earlier in the week at a small 18th century house site only about 50 ft from where I recovered a British 80th regimental Rev War button last spring. At first I thought it was just a knob, finial or furniture decoration, but I later realized it had a small hole in the end. I know some...
  9. Pit dig produces 1680s James II token

    On Saturday my good buddies Stan, Dan, KMac and I decided another trip to our favorite 17th century trash dump was in order, and we were able to take advantage of some great weather. We focused in a new area, the one where I was able to pull a wine bottle seal dated 1719 at the end of the last...
  10. Finally got out for a field hunt - 1817 LC, buttons, etc

    Was finally able to get out for my first "field" hunt in about 2 months, and had a nice warm day for it. Dan and I spent half a day exploring some rather difficult terrain, and we did find a few spots that contained some mostly 1800s artifacts. Not exactly the colonial stuff I was seeking, but...
  11. Colonial pit dig results in recovery of early dated wine bottle seal plus much more

    My digging partner Dan and I were thrilled to get another invite from our good buddy Stan to make a return visit to the early trash pit site on Saturday. We had hit it right after Christmas and ended up in a very productive clay pipe spot, so we decided to pick up in the same area where we left...
  12. Loads of 17th century clay pipe bowls and stems plus another cool find

    My good buddy Stan once again was a gracious host and invited me and my digging partner Dan to join him in another visit to the huge 1600s dump we’ve been hitting for years. It’s getting harder to find an undisturbed spot, but we went outside the box yesterday by removing a large amount of dead...
  13. Nice early spectacle buckle plus a few other mixed finds

    With field availability finally showing some improvement, I've found time to get out for a couple half day hunts recently. Unfortunately, the only sites Dan and I could hit were ones we've had hunted hard in previous years, but we all know you can't get it all, especially in these huge fields...
  14. 💵 FOR SALE NEW COLONIAL ARTIFACTS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE AUTHOR

    Many here may know me from my numerous posts over the years where I've shared an incredible number of colonial artifacts that I've recovered from the historic fields of southeast Virginia. After writing a number of articles for some of the detecting magazines, many of my friends convinced me to...
  15. Five rings from the beach

    To pass time during the summer I'll occasionally head out to some of the local beaches and get out in the water searching for a little lost bling. Hadn't been out much at all until last week, but finally managed to hit 3 different sites for a couple hours each. Didn't do too bad in the ring...
  16. Colonial axe cleaned up plus a question

    Just finished running my recently found axe through electrolysis, and it came out pretty nice. Even looks like there's evidence of 2 maker's marks although they're illegible. While on the subject of axes, does anyone know of a really good reference book for ID'ing all the various types of...
  17. What is this design on an early colonial buckle??

    Found this a long time ago at a 17th century site, and thought it might be the image of a cherub which was popular during the period. Can anyone confirm or deny this ID? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.
  18. 1600s buckles

    Been re-doing some of my artifact displays recently, and decided to put some 1600s buckles together in a nice wooden case. This will do for now, but eventually I'd like to put together a professional display of these buckles with labels including type, date range, etc., for the many varieties...
  19. A little change-of-pace colonial hunt

    Yesterday I got an invite from my good buddy Stan to come up and do a little out-of-season colonial relic hunting at one of his awesome sites. This place, which dates as far back as the first half of the 17th century, has given up many amazing finds over the years. The beach is absolutely...
  20. Bell or candle snuffer??

    Need some ID help on an artifact. I originally thought this was a small tombac bell (1.75 inches in width at the base, but it does have a good possibility of being a cone shaped candle snuffer. Can anyone confirm either way? I'm leaning toward a snuffer based on the flared end. Please provide a...
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