14 June 2011

Metal Detecting Post #38 - What We Walk Over

My metal detecting and relic research partner, Doug Hill, recently did some detecting along the South River near my hometown of Waynesboro, Virginia. Doug actually hunted in the river and didn't find much besides modern trash. However, the gentleman accompanying him that day did find something. His cohort stayed on the sandy bank of the river and found this button. It dates to the 17th century! According to one source, this button is a copper alloy and "post medieval." Given the city's history and founding, finding this button in that area is not all that surprising when you think about it. But the fact it's survived over 300 years and has been lying just beneath the surface is, in my mind, quite fascinating. Thanks Doug for passing this along. When this posts I will, Lord willin', be swinging a metal detector at some remote and historic location here in the Shenandoah Valley. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find something as interesting as this button.

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