Besides coin shooting, gold
detecting or the many other things you can do with your metal detector, there is a large group of people who take their metal detector out looking
for old stuff. Not just any old stuff, but memorabilia from the past. This
is called relic hunting.
If you're thinking about doing some relic hunting, be careful. Relic
Hunting can become addictive. Finding items from long ago, like a button
from a confederate soldier's jacket or a belt buckle from the Union army's
General is so rewarding. There is such a thrill that you feel when finding
these items. It can be absolutely mind blowing.
If you're a romantic like me you imagine images of the men and women who
fought on this land; the horses and oxen and cattle that came along with
the settlers. The farmers that tilled the ground and the merchants that
sold the goods. It takes you back to a historical time. It brings back
long forgotten relics from a time of conflict or a time of hope. Recalling
a time when settlers struggled to make a life on the new frontier. It's
not just an old button, or hat pin, or a piece of metal used or worn; sewn
or hammered by our ancestors and the people who settled and built our
country. It's a piece of history, and you found it.
In every country in this beautiful world items have been left behind, lost
or forgotten only to be found again and remembered. To me, it's finding a
bit of history and holding it in your hand. I dream up stories of where a
particular button came from. What really happened is probably not as
dramatic nor as romantic as I can conjure up, but, it's a fun thing to do.
Relic hunters are enthusiasts who hunt for artifacts and memorabilia from
past events, primarily battles and wars through the years. They spend a
lot of time researching and finding out the history of a given area. Then
they go hunting.
The great thing about relic hunting is there is the vast amount of areas
you can go to hunt. Old road or paths. Many paths in wooded areas have
been there for centuries. Take the long way home and discover Rural
America. Old home foundations, old school houses, abandoned stores are
great places to take your detector. Look for indentations where there may
have been an old cellar. Old cellars can be a wealth of artifacts. Look
along river banks or dried up creek beds. Long ago people followed the
river to get from one place to another. Ever notice how many small towns
are along the rivers of the United States? The river was the source of
travel and commerce. The rivers were the life line of the people.
Old railroad tracks can be a great source of artifacts. Look around your
area. I'm sure you can come up with a wealth of ideas on where to go. Look
on the internet or go to your local library. There is information that can
help you find where to go.
As always, don't forget to get permission from the land owner and leave
any area like you found it. Don't dig up holes and leave them gaping.
Always fill your digs in when you're done. Be careful, be courteous and
added October, 2012.