Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Points To Ponder -From

        We have been gaining new members at almost every meeting, and that's great! The more people that we have in this great hobby means all the more strength we have to deal with the occasional darts, which come our way! You know, those attacks from the greedy archeologist, the foolish extremist- environmentalist, some historians and of course the poor misguided D.N.R.!
         Sometime it's hard to tell, "Just who is our enemy?" Sadly, quite often the enemy is already in our camp! It is the duty of every treasure hunter to police him or herself, (as well as others) in-order for the sport to maintain a good public image. Every time I hear about a park being closed to metal detecting, I think, it must be that penny-pinching, foolish, mail-order buyer!  Of Course, he's uneducated, uninformed and out there ruining it for all of us! Sound a little harsh?  I think you would be surprised how often this is the case!
    Normally, if you give someone a detector and a digging trowel, then watch them go, you will find, at least for most people, it's almost natural for them to be neat and refill their holes. The problem is, nine out of ten people will do it wrong! Most feel it best to cut the ground "plugging" the way they would sample-plug a watermelon. First they cut a nice neat circle, then lift out the sod, then they dig their hole.
 But they would be wrong, wrong, wrong! Please stop this practice!!!!!
       1.  Never, ever! Separate the grass from itself! Instead, cut a "C" shaped flap then use the uncut part as a hinge. Make your "C" cut big enough so that the sod will be easy to move without having it breaking loose from the surrounding soil! This is very important!  This method may appear at first to be the start of some real damage, but it is the right way!
      2.   Next, if you have decided that the target is in the (sod) section, that you just hinged back, your next tool choice should be a probe. The electronic pinpoint probes are great for this, but even a brass rod will do! With the mechanical rod type prober, just poke around in the rooted section till you hear and feel that metal-to-metal sound, then carefully extract the target.
      3.  Now, let us assume the target is deeper in the ground. Next you will need something (non-metallic) to put your dirt into. I like to use a little frisbee. Some treasure hunters use a small square of plastic or canvas. Personally, I like something ridged enough to lift and move if it is full. The main reason for this frisbee like container is to have a clean way to dump all the crumbs of dirt back into your hole when you are done--- very important!.
       4.  Sometimes I will have dug deep enough where I think that I should have found my target, yet it's nowhere to be seen?  A quick check of the hole with my detector shows that something is still down there. Now here is another good time to put your probe rod to work. Chances are, you have a big target down even deeper! Remember, an axe-head at 15 inches will read like a quarter at 4 inches on a target I.D. detector!  Your probing the hole's bottom will confirm this, and also give you an idea how much further you have to dig.
Going on will mean a very deep hole! Now, you ask yourself, is it worth it?
       5. After the target is found, dump all the dirt back into the hole and hinge the sod back into place. Step down on the sod a few times to level it, also this pushes the roots back into the dirt forcing out the air which will dry-out and kill the root structure.
       6. Was it a piece of junk that you just dug? Don't rebury it! One of those mail-order clowns will dig it up again and this time the hole will be left wide open with the trash left right beside it! And did you see that guy watching you from across the street? The only person he remembers seeing detecting there was you! Duh! Take the trash with you!
       7. Now, as you walk away to continue with your detecting, stop, turn- around, and look back at the spot where you just dug. If you did things right, you shouldn't be able to find it! How'd you do? It matters!
     Treasure Hunting, as well as Collecting, are the oldest hobbies that I know of. The Bible, the oldest book in the world, records great quests for riches and incredible collections, perhaps as early as 2000 B.C. But it wasn't until 1997 A.D., almost four thousand years later, that we see our freedom to continue this great past time--- in serious danger!
         The greatest threat to our hobby is ignorance, not only on the part of those who fear us, like the archeologist, the environmentalist, the historians and the poor misguided D.N.R., but ignorance on the part of the treasure hunter himself.
        Are you a good ambassador for your hobby? That’s right! When you are out there hunting, you are representing every single treasure hunter--- including me!
         If you are running around being a selfish pig--- then we are all selfish pigs!
         If you don’t care how bad your digging is--- then none of us care how screwed up we leave things!
         If you are rude--- we are all rude. If you are dirty and filthy, have a foul mouth --- then we are all foul! People are watching you and based on your actions, we are all being judged!

        Every now and then I go outside my store’s entry door and clean up cigarette butts. Are they classified as litter? Or are these filthy things considered 'one with nature?' Well, they make me sick! I have a tendency to think of all smokers as being sloppy pigs --- even though they are not.
        We need to project an image of clean-cut, well-mannered people:  people who know exactly what we are doing and care about the areas we are hunting---and how neat we leave these sites.
        If every one in this hobby including the metal detector manufacturers would come to grips with this, I would never again have to worry about the mail order companies because metal detectors would no longer be sold that way!
        The mail order joints start out so many untrained people in the hobby, its no wonder some places are requiring a license to use a metal detector! Some States now feel it’s just not worth the bother  to weed out the skilled hunter from the slob, so detecting is just simply outlawed! The restrictions are getting worse and worse!
        Are we are going to do something about it?  We cannot stop the flood of untrained hunters, but we can police ourselves! We can also start by supporting dealers who support this hobby with hands on training, club support, and who work on a national level to protect our freedom. Friends, the mail-order company has one concern, "Getting your money!"
        As the big companies like WHITES, FISHER & TESORO have said again and again nationally, "Support your local dealer!"

        They know what's at stake! And now so do you!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Could be gold in them thar hills in Pennsylvania

Rumored site of $55M in Civil War-era gold draws FBI's attention

FBI agents and representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources set up a base in Elk County, Pa., at a site where treasure hunters say Civil War-era gold is buried. (Katie Weidenboerner/The Courier-Express/AP)

As a 155-year-old legend goes, a Union Army wagon train left Wheeling, W.Va., before the Battle of Gettysburg, carrying two tons of gold, but never completed its 400-mile mission.
The gold was supposed to be used to pay Union soldiers. But it first had to make it to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. It never did.
The wagon train traveled northeast and was last spotted in St. Marys, Pa. Searchers found the wagons and the bodies of dead soldiers — and the gold was gone.
But maybe not forever.
On Friday March 16th, dozens of FBI agents, Pennsylvania state officials and members of a treasure-hunting group were buzzing around the state forest at Dents Run, about 27 miles by road southeast of St. Marys and 135 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It’s the site where the treasure-hunting group, Finders Keepers, says as much as $55 million in lost Union gold could be buried.
In 2012, Finders Keepers members said they’d found the location of the gold using powerful metal detectors and uncovered proof that soldiers had camped there. But there were two problems. First, the site is on state land, where it is illegal to dig without permission and permits. Second, they didn’t find any gold, which would have gone a long way toward getting permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
“We found a bullet shell, knifes, animal traps, zinc Mason jar lid, tin cans, bones (human or animal), whiskey bottle, camp fire pit, and a lot more that the state now has and won’t return,” a statement on the Finders Keepers website said. The government says “they [don’t] have the time or the money to go treasure hunting, but if we can show them the gold then they will look into it. They [also] stated that if anyone digs on state land and remove artifacts they would go to jail and lose any rights to a reward.”
A memo purportedly from the government posted on the group’s website corroborated that statement. It prohibited Parada’s group from actually digging on the state property, but it said he could continue doing “surface surveys and searches as a hobby activity,” provided he accepted the liability if he got hurt.

But this week, AP reported that Finders Keepers was on-site, along with members of the state agency. They had set up camp on the snowy ground — a green tent and a trailer, along with a satellite truck and two port-a-potties.
But they were keeping mum about what they were doing.
It’s also unclear what changed or whether the government received some information that would corroborate Finders Keepers’ claims.
In a statement, Kem Parada told The Washington Post: “I’m sorry but as of right now all we’re allowed to say is ‘No Comment.’ We’ll keep you in mind when/if anything changes.”
An FBI spokeswoman told the AP only that agents were conducting court-approved law enforcement activity at the site.
Even if they find the gold, exactly how it got there will probably remain a mystery.
Of course, there are myriad stories about gold being lost in the chaos of war — and just as many theories about where all that gold may be.
For example, in April 1865, in the waning days of the war, when Confederate President Jefferson Davis and other government officials fled the capital in Richmond, they toted the monetary reserves of the rebel government with them, much of it in gold.
They were rumored to be carrying millions, according to But when Union troops captured Davis and his traveling party, they had just a few Confederate dollars on them.
What happened to the gold remains a mystery. Maybe the Michigan cavalrymen who captured Davis stole it. Another legend says Davis and his group hid it.
No one knows for sure, but many, many people have ideas, William Rawlings, author of several nonfiction books about Southern history, told the site.
“People like to believe there’s something out there,” Rawlings said. “They left Richmond with a bunch of money, and when [Davis’s group] was captured six weeks later, they didn’t have it. The question is, what happened? And people’s imaginations take over from there.”

The Finders Keepers group has been involved in searching in Nova Scotia near Oak Island

Mineral, Fossil & Gem Show

April 4th-8th, 2018
NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show

NJ Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, Nj
Wed-Fri. 12pm-9pm

Sat & Sun. 10am-6pm

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Deep Search Metal Detecting Club Member Tim Reno’s great find in 2017 a Louisiana Civil War State Seal Belt Plate was included in The Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine’s BEST FINDS issue Volume 52 April 2018 Edition


Tim Reno

Last summer I was detecting with my buddy, Ralph, at a farm field in Old Bridge, New Jersey. There was a section of the field that was usually very muddy. I had my boots on so I gave it a try. After about ten minutes I got a good signal. I dug up the mud and thought it was just a piece of metal. I put it in my pouch and continued to detect.
We met back at my car at the end of the day and I washed off my piece of muddy metal and saw some designs. Ralph knew right away that the design was a pelican feeding her young and what I found was a Louisiana Civil War State Seal belt plate.
I just couldn’t believe it, and to find such an item from the South in a farm field in New Jersey just blew my mind.