Incredible day uncovering unknown and unhunted colonial site. Coins buttons shoe buckles and more

Gregg3131

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Finally got out and went to my 400 acre permission in central VA . In the past I have concentrated on one section of one field as it produced some nice confederate buttons however as that dried up I decided to explore the other fields as I was convinced based on the topography and area there has to be a colonial site somewhere on the property

I spent 3 hours in the middle of field with hardly any luck so decided to head back to my original confederate spot in hopes of maybe getting one more button. Once I got to my truck I decided to do one more sweep of the back side of field since I did not hit that area . Had no real optimism however started hearing tons of iron .

Had a deep signal so started to dig immediately saw huge oyster shells colonial brick etc. It had change of color etc and seemed like a trash pit. That’s where the decorative pottery piece was found and 2 feet down was a colonial hoe. I started to excavate the pit but only had about an hour left of daylight. So decided to come back to that another day and detected in immediate area and relics were flying out of the ground. highlights are the VA half penny, cut Spanish silver, beautiful assortment of buttons , colonial shoe buckle (I think dates to 1600s), and what I think may be part of a musket? What an incredible experience uncovering a lost unhunted colonial site . Can’t wait to return , I normally don’t dig pits but soil is really easy here so I’m going for it.
 

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Gare

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Very nice finds . What kind of research did you use to first locate that place ?
 

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Had a deep signal so started to dig immediately saw huge oyster shells colonial brick etc. It had change of color etc and seemed like a trash pit. That’s where the decorative pottery piece was found and 2 feet down was a colonial hoe. I started to excavate the pit but only had about an hour left of daylight. So decided to come back to that another day and detected in immediate area and relics were flying out of the ground. highlights are the VA half penny, cut Spanish silver, beautiful assortment of buttons , colonial shoe buckle (I think dates to 1600s), and what I think may be part of a musket? What an incredible experience uncovering a lost unhunted colonial site . Can’t wait to return , I normally don’t dig pits but soil is really easy here so I’m going for it.

Un-hunted site, great! :coffee2:
 
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Gregg3131

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Very nice finds . What kind of research did you use to first locate that place ?
Old maps . Looked for water features, elevated areas plus the area is very old
 

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Old maps . Looked for water features, elevated areas plus the area is very old
Some times in old newspapers i look for old drownings. Where people have drowned indicates where people used to picnic and swim
just another search detail
 

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Finally got out and went to my 400 acre permission in central VA . In the past I have concentrated on one section of one field as it produced some nice confederate buttons however as that dried up I decided to explore the other fields as I was convinced based on the topography and area there has to be a colonial site somewhere on the property

I spent 3 hours in the middle of field with hardly any luck so decided to head back to my original confederate spot in hopes of maybe getting one more button. Once I got to my truck I decided to do one more sweep of the back side of field since I did not hit that area . Had no real optimism however started hearing tons of iron .

Had a deep signal so started to dig immediately saw huge oyster shells colonial brick etc. It had change of color etc and seemed like a trash pit. That’s where the decorative pottery piece was found and 2 feet down was a colonial hoe. I started to excavate the pit but only had about an hour left of daylight. So decided to come back to that another day and detected in immediate area and relics were flying out of the ground. highlights are the VA half penny, cut Spanish silver, beautiful assortment of buttons , colonial shoe buckle (I think dates to 1600s), and what I think may be part of a musket? What an incredible experience uncovering a lost unhunted colonial site . Can’t wait to return , I normally don’t dig pits but soil is really easy here so I’m going for it.
Very Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
 

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Super nice collection of finds. I'm sure that there will be lots more coming out of that site. keep us posted.
 

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Well the old saying of "One man's garbage is another man's treasure" rings true looking at the finds. (Just took a couple of centuries)
Very nice! Liking the copper and the cut silver (hope somebody gives an ID)
That does look like part of a trigger guard.
Digging out a pit in sandy loamy soils would be fun, even if it was hard work.
Just a query: How far apart were the 2 sites on the property?
 

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Finally got out and went to my 400 acre permission in central VA . In the past I have concentrated on one section of one field as it produced some nice confederate buttons however as that dried up I decided to explore the other fields as I was convinced based on the topography and area there has to be a colonial site somewhere on the property

I spent 3 hours in the middle of field with hardly any luck so decided to head back to my original confederate spot in hopes of maybe getting one more button. Once I got to my truck I decided to do one more sweep of the back side of field since I did not hit that area . Had no real optimism however started hearing tons of iron .

Had a deep signal so started to dig immediately saw huge oyster shells colonial brick etc. It had change of color etc and seemed like a trash pit. That’s where the decorative pottery piece was found and 2 feet down was a colonial hoe. I started to excavate the pit but only had about an hour left of daylight. So decided to come back to that another day and detected in immediate area and relics were flying out of the ground. highlights are the VA half penny, cut Spanish silver, beautiful assortment of buttons , colonial shoe buckle (I think dates to 1600s), and what I think may be part of a musket? What an incredible experience uncovering a lost unhunted colonial site . Can’t wait to return , I normally don’t dig pits but soil is really easy here so I’m going for it.
You have some beautiful relics there. Thank you for posting them and congratulations!
 
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Gregg3131

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Well the old saying of "One man's garbage is another man's treasure" rings true looking at the finds. (Just took a couple of centuries)
Very nice! Liking the copper and the cut silver (hope somebody gives an ID)
That does look like part of a trigger guard.
Digging out a pit in sandy loamy soils would be fun, even if it was hard work.
Just a query: How far apart were the 2 sites on the property?
About 1/4 mile
 

pepperj

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About 1/4 mile
Thanks for the reply
Could very well be the same landowner, just an early home.
Though a 1/4 mile is a good distance.
I have one 250 acre which has 9 sites on the property.
So your permission may yield more yet.
 

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Maybe cabins close together made better protection?
 

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Great hunt. And signs of a foundation? It sounds as if you are just scratching the surface on that permission.
Great bunch of relics!
 
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Gregg3131

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Great hunt. And signs of a foundation? It sounds as if you are just scratching the surface on that permission.
Great bunch of relics!
Lots of brick in the ground but all relics seem to be in one small area not much once you venture 20 yards away . Strange
 

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Wow Greg you're still killing it down there! Nice digs!

I believe your 'musket part' is the handle from a colonial era chamberstick.

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