Metal Detecting Journal Archive
Winchester Railway 1-Fare Token…..Sometimes a small artifact found in an old house really gives us a rare connection to local history. This very rare brass Winchester City Railway Company token (~1890) offered one fare. Found in Georgetown, KY before construction was about to destroy it. The “Winchester Railway, Light and Ice Company” sold it to
“It sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, but Scott Clark, a metal detector enthusiast from Lexington KY has found a series of artifacts that have prominent Archaeologists converging on a farm field in Central Kentucky this week. Clark has spent weekends detecting in the undisclosed location locating and documenting Civil War activity in a
I wanted to show this amazingly great condition musket wipe, apparently lost in the chaos of a major artillery engagement. These were attached to the end of the steel ram-rod and . used to clear debris from the barrel, such as paper wadding that had not been expelled. Some worm designs were sturdy enough that they
With the holiday break, I've made a lot of progress on the exploratory survey of the Civil War Union campsite in NE Kentucky. It's been incredibly enjoyable combination of research, reading, field time and cataloging.
I have been doing research on a large property which contains known US Civil War action, and I'm starting to build a data set - venturing even to construct several hypothesis about what happened there which I look forward to presenting to experts far more seasoned than I.
While detecting an old school house site in Central Kentucky, I found an object that I had researched before. I knew exactly what I had before I had even cleared off the dirt. This 1925 watch fob was issued by the Coca Cola company as a part of a promotion.
Not that common in Kentucky, but was thrilled to see this 1807 1/2 Reale Spanish Silver in the dirt this weekend.
Last week I started on a brand new detecting/archaeology volunteering/partnership working with my friend, the “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente. Our new project is surveying and excavation of the Jack Jouett distillery in Kentucky. (You can get involved in this project by visiting this page.) For the first visit, the task was to try to define the borders
During a recent metal detecting hunt at an 1810s location, I was scanning a hillside that had very few signals at all. Suddenly, my headphones exploded with a solid 11-47 on the E-trac. It was so shallow, 2″, that I was sure I’d found another modern, Clad Quarter. I almost walked by! But I
It was going to be a perfect weather day for detecting – highs in the 50s, no rain. I gave a call to a great property owner in Bourbon County, KY with whom I’d discussed detecting his 1810 family homestead and he welcomed me to come detecting. I’d been there before in the Summer and