Location: New Hampshire
Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)
I wanted to share an experience that I had recently while exploring old home sites in Southern New Hampshire. I had been searching a long 'cart road' that went deep into the woods for a few days when I came upon an old cellar hole with a decent portion of the land surrounding the foundation fairly clear. This got me excited...knowing that I was nearly 2 miles deep into the woods on a rarely traveled road meant that I could be the first one to ever detect this site...and how right I was!
I fired up the XLT and started working a horse shoe type grid around 3 sides about 10 feet away from the cellar hole. This area had much less iron to deal with and I wanted to use my standard coil as much as possible. Before long I began getting nice signals and proceeded to dig my first of what would turn out to be 23 Colonial Buttons! I've dug many buttons in my time...but not this many at any one site! Some were large dating to the late 1700's, and others were 2-piece type dating to the mid 1800's.
I eventually turned to my 5.3 coil to get up next to the foundation, and that's where I dug a beautiful large Colonial Button with a Flower Motif, 2 brass matching door keyhole plates and a lead bag seal. I also dug on the site were bullets, musket balls, and pieces of Iron Tools.
Not all the buttons found at the site are pictured...they are currently soaking in olive oil to be cleaned. But, here are most of the best finds from the site with a close up of the larger Colonial buttons.
Thank you White’s for putting out such great machines that truly do find treasure!