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« on: May 10, 2009, 08:58:15 pm »
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Hi everyone, I have permission to hunt a grass field where a one room school house and an homestead were burned to the ground about 30 yrs ago.  Where I live they burned old buildings down in the country rather than tear them down.  I am curious if fire impacts the ground in any way.  Any advise on hunting burned sites would be appreciated. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 09:17:28 pm »
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Hello Kathy,

you should best make sure to discriminate iron as there are likely lots of nails scattered all over the place. Also be prepared to dig up some deep targets! I'm sure you will make some nice finds on this site! Good luck and please keep us posted.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 09:28:34 pm »
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yes burning leaves lots of nails behind --(so your will have to discrimate iron or be drove crazy digging them all up) ---- matter of fact since nails in the old days were often  costly and could be hard to get (since they had to be hand made by a blacksmith)-- folks when they moved out west if they did not sell off their home would burn the cabins and harvest the nails to help build their "new" home with once they got there.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 09:40:51 pm »
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Yes, square nails were very valuable back then.  I have searched through a burnt down inn from the 1830's and I have not had any interference with the ground where the burnt objects were.  I found a lot of burnt and petrified wood though!! Grin A lot of nails and more nails.  But, yes that would be a excellent spot apart from the various nails that will be littering the ground!! Good luck and be sure to inform us of any finds!! Wink

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 04:24:04 pm »
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yes with it burned the iron and stuff fall straight down.  but somthing is torn down trash is scarttered all over the place and possibly bulldozed up all the coins really deep and hard to find but burning is good.  means less moden trash and less nails and etc scarttted in the yard good luck hunting!!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 06:55:04 pm »
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Thanks for the advice.  I will let you guys know how it goes.  I plan on spending time there next Monday so hopefully I will find something besides nails.  Do I keep the square nails I find or toss them? 
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2009, 07:03:48 pm »
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Hm, you can keep them if you want.  I've seen them sold in a group of 100 for about 7-10 dollars.  If you think its worth your time, you can keep them or toss them.  Good luck!!

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2009, 01:19:05 pm »
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just so u no one room school houses the kids that went there could barely afford shoes but there  could be stuff there i might be wroung.

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2009, 02:21:42 pm »
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Lots of time those old school houses were used by the communities for meetings, socials, etc. Unless people have been there already detecting, bet you find more than you expect. Sue



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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 02:41:16 pm »
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Does anyone know about what year square nails stopped and round nails became the norm??

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