Finally got a chance to hunt, Artifacts and Silver!

oldmxrat

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Oct 25, 2020
1,517
3,775
Western Nevada
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Garrett ACE 400, Nokta Simplex+, Nokta Legend
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
With record snowfall in the Sierras in December and freezing temps, there's been no way to get out at all. Watching the weather closely I spied a couple of days with decent temps. With the snow still stubbornly blanketing everything in Western Nevada, I decided to pack up and drive east a ways where the ground was clear. Had to drive quite a ways, so did an over-nighter.

The first place I went to on Wednesday is an old ranch permission I haven't been to for a long time. The ground was clear, but pretty muddy. Walking was difficult and driving on the dirt roads was tough too. I didn't want to rut up the roads, so I set out on foot. The first thing I came across was an odd looking thing sticking out of the ground that I thought was an antler tine. Nope, turned out to be a 'plummet', at least that's what we call them out here. Unfortunately, the proximal end of it was broke off. They typically have a raised ring on the proximal end to keep the cordage from slipping off.
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The only other artifacts I found were a little dinged eastgate arrowhead, a dentalium shell bead (west coast wampum) and an old shell button. All that slogging across the muddy ground was slow going and I didn't have much time to search once I got out there.
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The next day, Thursday, I decided to get out the metal detector. I talked to an old guy(92) that lives in a small nearby town that told me where the old school house was when he was just a boy. I located the spot, but it had been pretty disturbed and seemed to be covered with fill. The old guy told me the kids all tied up their horses right next to the road, so that's where I concentrated. Found a couple of wheats, both 1945, so I was hopeful of a silver. Then I get this banging 95 on the Simplex! It wasn't a coin, but a concho. I could tell it was silver by the color. I also found a marble by eyeball, half of a little silver disk of some sort, and a strange round thing made of copper or brass.
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The concho cleaned up pretty nice.
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Driving towards home, I noticed a park in a town along the way and figured I had about an hour of day light left to look so I stopped. Not much to show for my efforts: $1.76 in clad, a rotten old timer pocket knife and a junk ring. But, it was sure nice to get out finally!

Thanks for lookin'!
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dognose

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Apr 15, 2009
1,763
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Indiana
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Fisher F70
Nice finds.

Plummets are not a common find these days.

I found a nice hematite plummet back in the very early 80s. over 50 years of artifacting I have only found that one plummet.
 
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oldmxrat

oldmxrat

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Oct 25, 2020
1,517
3,775
Western Nevada
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Garrett ACE 400, Nokta Simplex+, Nokta Legend
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All Treasure Hunting
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Nice finds.

Plummets are not a common find these days.

I found a nice hematite plummet back in the very early 80s. over 50 years of artifacting I have only found that one plummet.
I've got 11 broken ones now after 50+ years of hunting, very elusive find for sure!
 
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Digger RJ

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Aug 24, 2017
13,738
23,328
SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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XP Deus 2
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With record snowfall in the Sierras in December and freezing temps, there's been no way to get out at all. Watching the weather closely I spied a couple of days with decent temps. With the snow still stubbornly blanketing everything in Western Nevada, I decided to pack up and drive east a ways where the ground was clear. Had to drive quite a ways, so did an over-nighter.

The first place I went to on Wednesday is an old ranch permission I haven't been to for a long time. The ground was clear, but pretty muddy. Walking was difficult and driving on the dirt roads was tough too. I didn't want to rut up the roads, so I set out on foot. The first thing I came across was an odd looking thing sticking out of the ground that I thought was an antler tine. Nope, turned out to be a 'plummet', at least that's what we call them out here. Unfortunately, the proximal end of it was broke off. They typically have a raised ring on the proximal end to keep the cordage from slipping off.
View attachment 2001743 View attachment 2001744

The only other artifacts I found were a little dinged eastgate arrowhead, a dentalium shell bead (west coast wampum) and an old shell button. All that slogging across the muddy ground was slow going and I didn't have much time to search once I got out there.
View attachment 2001754 View attachment 2001755

The next day, Thursday, I decided to get out the metal detector. I talked to an old guy(92) that lives in a small nearby town that told me where the old school house was when he was just a boy. I located the spot, but it had been pretty disturbed and seemed to be covered with fill. The old guy told me the kids all tied up their horses right next to the road, so that's where I concentrated. Found a couple of wheats, both 1945, so I was hopeful of a silver. Then I get this banging 95 on the Simplex! It wasn't a coin, but a concho. I could tell it was silver by the color. I also found a marble by eyeball, half of a little silver disk of some sort, and a strange round thing made of copper or brass.
View attachment 2001745 View attachment 2001746

The concho cleaned up pretty nice.
View attachment 2001747 View attachment 2001748

Driving towards home, I noticed a park in a town along the way and figured I had about an hour of day light left to look so I stopped. Not much to show for my efforts: $1.76 in clad, a rotten old timer pocket knife and a junk ring. But, it was sure nice to get out finally!

Thanks for lookin'!
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Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

Relicific

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Feb 2, 2017
3,334
4,292
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X terra 705
Fisher F2
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Nice silver find
 

Hunk-a-lead

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Dec 20, 2020
1,656
2,294
Kansas City
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Nokta Macro Legend, Simplex, Garrett Carrot, Predator Phoenix Shovel, Whites's hand digger, Gray Ghost pouch, Husky kneepads, any gloves I can find.......
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Metal Detecting
With record snowfall in the Sierras in December and freezing temps, there's been no way to get out at all. Watching the weather closely I spied a couple of days with decent temps. With the snow still stubbornly blanketing everything in Western Nevada, I decided to pack up and drive east a ways where the ground was clear. Had to drive quite a ways, so did an over-nighter.

The first place I went to on Wednesday is an old ranch permission I haven't been to for a long time. The ground was clear, but pretty muddy. Walking was difficult and driving on the dirt roads was tough too. I didn't want to rut up the roads, so I set out on foot. The first thing I came across was an odd looking thing sticking out of the ground that I thought was an antler tine. Nope, turned out to be a 'plummet', at least that's what we call them out here. Unfortunately, the proximal end of it was broke off. They typically have a raised ring on the proximal end to keep the cordage from slipping off.
View attachment 2001743 View attachment 2001744

The only other artifacts I found were a little dinged eastgate arrowhead, a dentalium shell bead (west coast wampum) and an old shell button. All that slogging across the muddy ground was slow going and I didn't have much time to search once I got out there.
View attachment 2001754 View attachment 2001755

The next day, Thursday, I decided to get out the metal detector. I talked to an old guy(92) that lives in a small nearby town that told me where the old school house was when he was just a boy. I located the spot, but it had been pretty disturbed and seemed to be covered with fill. The old guy told me the kids all tied up their horses right next to the road, so that's where I concentrated. Found a couple of wheats, both 1945, so I was hopeful of a silver. Then I get this banging 95 on the Simplex! It wasn't a coin, but a concho. I could tell it was silver by the color. I also found a marble by eyeball, half of a little silver disk of some sort, and a strange round thing made of copper or brass.
View attachment 2001745 View attachment 2001746

The concho cleaned up pretty nice.
View attachment 2001747 View attachment 2001748

Driving towards home, I noticed a park in a town along the way and figured I had about an hour of day light left to look so I stopped. Not much to show for my efforts: $1.76 in clad, a rotten old timer pocket knife and a junk ring. But, it was sure nice to get out finally!

Thanks for lookin'!
View attachment 2001758
very cool finds, that silver cleaned up nicely
 

pepperj

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Feb 3, 2009
24,502
74,541
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Deus, Minelab 3030, E-Trac,
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Good that you got out and had some luck to boot.
Nice plummet, though the silver wins the day, it cleaned up nicely.
 

Gare

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Dec 30, 2012
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Canton Ohio Area
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Presently using Deus's have Minelabs, Nokta's Tesoro's Have them all . Have WAY to many need to get rid of some
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VERY NICE !!!congratulations
 

Cape Hunter

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Cape Cod
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Minelab Equinox 800
Minelab CTX 3030
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That looks like a great short day hunt to me! The concho is really cool. Nice finds!
 

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