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Offline MattTheHatTopic starter
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« on: November 20, 2011, 07:12:14 pm »
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Greetings from the noob. Pictured below are the result of my first day of detecting. (Well, to be fair, about an hour.)

The location was on my family's property in Hunt county, Texas. At some time there was a house at the spot I was detecting, which I'm guessing would have been in the late 1800s. There are two Bois D'Arc piers left in the ground, and an old well that's collapsed and almost totally filled in. I can tell about where the house stood from the clearing of a dozen or so old trees, but can't quite figure out how the house would have been oriented, or exactly where it would have been in the clearing. I think I must have started in an old junk pit.

There was so much junk in the area that it was quite frustrating, especially being a first-timer. Most things the delta thought were dimes, quarters or .50 cent pieces a few inches deep were usually rusted nails a bit nearer the surface. A small door hinge, the air valve off a tractor tire (which I'm guessing belonged to the one I blew out very near the same area a couple of years ago), a couple of pieces of cast iron, loads of china shards, an interesting rock or two, and some kind of mangled disk. It's got a very dark patina, but from the bright copper color at the torn edges, I would guess it was some kind of copper plate. Could have been maybe the bottom plate of a candle holder or lamp or some such.

The darned clay ground isn't great to dig in, either. Especially as dry as it's been for the last couple of years. I think before I try again, I'm going to have to till up the ground a couple of inches deep. If I'm mostly going to be digging rusty old nails, at least it would be nice to make the digging a bit easier.


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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 07:29:08 pm »
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Good Stuff Matt!   Welcome from New Mexico.   Check out all the other Boards we have your you.

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 08:28:19 pm »
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Not bad for starting out, Matt!  Welcome from the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon!   Welcome &  Hello    Detecting

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011, 08:36:39 pm »
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Welcome Matt from Connecticut. You're off to a good start. Soon you will be filtering out the trash and collecting the goodies!!

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2011, 11:14:26 pm »
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welcome from Kansas, Matt!

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2011, 11:26:58 pm »
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Welcome Matt from Santa Cruz Ca! Keep looking, and some coins or tokens may show up. I detected in a farm yard several times and came up with some tokens and coins....yes.. lots of nails...lol

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2011, 03:56:18 am »
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Hello Matt!

Welcome to THunting.com! That has been a very nice introduction! Well done! I hope you will make some great finds in teh future! No worries about the junk - one man's junk, another man's treasure as they say Smiley Where there is junk there also often are good finds to be found!

Keep us posted!

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2011, 09:26:30 am »
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Thanks for the welcome folks. This property was originally part of a Spanish Land grant back in the 1700s, I believe. Other than this particular site, I believe there is only one other spot that has been built on, and that was a very small horse ranch that folded. A couple of barns remain but the house apparently burned down in the early 1950s.

Like just about anywhere else I suppose, there's no telling what might be out there.

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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2011, 06:04:45 pm »
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Howdy, Matt.   Welcome from a Texan living in Arizona.   A lot of us know what you mean about that clay being hard digging, especially when it gets real dry.    There are times when you want to trade your digger in fro a jackhammer.   Sounds like a really interesting piece of ground you have.

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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 07:29:04 pm »
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Mattthehat.  Hello and  Welcome from NC.Matt, you may have started at the bottom  but
now you start to work your way up just like most of us have done. Again, welcme to the club.
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