✅ SOLVED Cannot for the life of me...

Dougie Webb

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Jun 14, 2019
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Stone Mountain, Georgia
Detector(s) used
Fisher F5
Garrett Ace 200
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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 outside of Jamul (32.72723143915419, -116.74852966650205) on the side of a truck trail in fairly shallow sand. I've had to do a lot of cleaning and soaking to get it to this point, and the more I clean, the more puzzled I am.

Here's what I know
  • Fundamentally, it's a rock. I don't know what kind. It's heavy (about like granite) and not magnetic (The area has had mining activity dating back to the 1800's)
  • About six inches tall
  • Precisely drilled holes throughout. Some go all the way through. Others only partially. Some are plugged with metal. One even has a screw in it.
  • Most of the metal is magnetic, except for one spot I'll point out.
  • The rock is stamped with some initials at the bottom.
  • The pictures should tell the rest of the story
Any help in solving this mystery is appreciated!

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Side

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From the top looking in

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A chunk of iron and a screw (!)

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Initials on the bottom (I see NAL P ?)

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All the way through. Looks almost "graduated" the way it's drilled

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Another iron "plug" there on the left

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This piece of metal is not magnetic. Although the side of the rock beside it is!

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