Woke up to great weather and no work so it wasn’t hard to spend the day detecting. I always go past my local beach on my way out to see if there are any good wash outs that may be worth investigating and it sure did look promising. After about fifty sinkers and $4.40 my hopes of finding a ring or two had blown out the window so I decided to hit an old site that I did with a mate a couple of weeks ago. One of my favourite little producing spot for goldies ($1 & $2 coins) was on the way and I was pretty confident I could get some fuel and lunch money for the trip. It is a small area and I cleaned up scoring forty dollars in about half an hour, things were starting to look up after a dismal hunt at the beach. There isn’t much more than a pile of rubbish and a few tell-tale fruit trees left at this old site but it sure has produced some great finds in the past. First target out of the ground was an 1863 Britannia penny followed up with an 1864 Britannia half penny, wow that coin was minted 100 years before I was born making it 150 years old. Not bad considering South Australia was settled in 1836. I was hoping for another cricket buckle from this site as I had found two here previously but it was a steady flow of the typical relics at these old sites. Harness buckles, harmonica centres, watch insides and a mixture of all sorts of copper and brass bits and pieces surfaced before I scored a nice 1890 -91 SA dog registration disc. I never tire of finding these even though they are quite common as they are so unique with all their different shapes and sizes.One of the objects I found was what appears to be part of a trigger mechanism possibly from a shotgun but I am not that certain.I kept at it for about another 10 minutes before I found what I think could well be a sash buckle, it measures 8cm x 6cm and has a clasp on the back. Unfortunately there is no writing on it anywhere to identify it so it is a bit of a mystery item. I was a bit surprised when the CTX 3030 locked on to a target that was either right on the surface or just below, all I did was move the dry grass out-of-the-way and there it was laying on the surface.I would appreciate if anyone knows what it is if they could leave a comment for me thanks and happy hunting.
I was a bit disappointed today as I have been trying to get permission to do an old hotel site that was established in the 1850’s in South Australia but yet again I could not locate the owners. There is also a site where the first South Australian militia used to train that I have been trying to locate and after a couple of hours driving from one place to another I finally found the owner of the property. We spoke for some time about the history of the area and some other ruins on his property that date right back to the late 1840’s, this was only about 10 years after South Australia was settled in 1836. He wasn’t to sure about the location and asked me to get a bit more information so that we had a better idea of the exact area, he also said I could come back in three weeks after he gets back from holidays for a detect, yippee! Then my luck took a turn for the better after I asked who owned the land around the hotel and he said it was his and I was welcome to have a look around the outer boundaries. It didn’t take me long to wrap up the conversation as I was like a racehorse chomping at the bit and raring to go. I cranked up the trusty CTX 3030 and quickly got down to business but as I skirted around outside the fence line it was disappointingly quiet with very little noise coming from the speaker. As I rounded the back fence that was only about 3 meters from the back of the old hotel (which is now a house) the ground suddenly came alive but it was wall to wall with trash.I managed a few relics from amongst this lot including a few musket balls and a very large spent shell with no markings and measuring 13mm across where the projectile goes in, ouch.The whole time I was detecting I kept glancing over the fence and drooling at the possibility of what is around the old hotel. Then a lock on a target that snapped me back into the moment with a solid tone ID of 12:38, I quickly retrieved an 1877 Britannia penny followed up with a 1906 Britannia penny not far away that had seen the attention of some target practice. Things may be looking u after all! Then it was back to about another half hour of mind numbing trash detecting before I scored an excellent target that was clear as a bell and not very deep. The tone ID was 11:36-37 and any of you who hunt old sites would know that it is an exciting target ID. I was pleasantly surprised when probably the best condition cricket buckle I have found popped out of the dry sandy soil, oh happy day. They are so awesome to unearth never-ceasing to excite me with their multitudes of different designs and this one was probably one of the best ones I have seen.All in all it was frustrating but rewarding little hunt that has left me even keener to track down the owners of the old hotel. For now it is back to the research to try and narrow down the search area of the old militia site for three weeks time. So stay tuned, watch this spot and remember research is the key, happy hunting.