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.
I’m going to begin posting some of my mystery finds in hopes that some of the thousands of visitors to this site could help me identify them. This tag was machine pressed, found at 11″ and is brass. It was at an 1835 home site in Paris KY. The stamping on the front is
This was the first hunt at a site that was supposedly a stagecoach inn between 1790 and 1850 in South-Central Kentucky. It was well positioned between the Kentucky river and more populated areas along a now-defunct route for wagons and stagecoaches. The owners were wonderful folks, offering me generous access and incredible hospitality. I
At a church location from the 1830s, I found this designed flat button at around 5″ with the E-Trac. It rank up as a 12-44 and is a bit larger than a US Quarter. The shank is intact. There are no maker’s marks or writing on back. I’ve found plenty of flat buttons but
Found part of an 1880s Quack Medical Device. Going to go back and see if I can find the rest. Looks better in real life than my scanner can show. “Boyd’s Battery” on one side and “Patent Jan 17, 1879” on the other. “J.C. Boyd’s Miniature Galvanic Battery that supposedly worked by “galvanic action” due
During a short hour-long hunt in my recently discovered Mercury dime hotspot in Lexington (so far 12 removed from a 100′ x 100′ area) I pulled something interesting. My detector signaled a strange sort of mixed, confused reading. After retrieving, at first, it looked like a swollen Mercury dime. Later I discovered it had a
Working Together (click to view on youtube.) And here is how you can volunteer to work with archaeologist as a detectorist. At least in some states. It’s worth mentioning that the survey work that he was employed to do does not even begin to tap the talent of a skilled detectorist. Many detector hobbyists will not be
This old beauty found in downtown Lexington. Copper material… and silver dollar sized. I think it’s a saddle adornment.