Getting Started in fur trade artifact hunting

Prairie Prowler

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New to this facet of treasure hunting..have been coin & relic hunting for 30+ yrs .any good books or tips to get started & or researching spots ?? I live near a fairly lg. waterway that may have had early activity..Thanks in advance..
 
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Tpmetal

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New to this facet of treasure hunting..have been coin & relic hunting for 30+ yrs .any good books or tips to get started & or researching spots ?? I live near a fairly lg. waterway that may have had early activity..Thanks in advance..
best bet is to just start reading everything you can find on the fur trade era in Illinois. As you read places, people, and accounts of events will bring up other things to research further into. A really good way to start is with a simple google search and start reading (or more like skimming) academic papers, no need to fully read unless its interesting or pertinent info. The main thing they help provide is sources. Pay attention to the foot notes of the stuff that stands out and go check out the sources listed for it as they often contain much more detail of the info you are looking for.
 

nagant

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Try french Illinois country history.
 

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