The dog days of Summer do not often offer ideal metal detecting conditions - hot weather, parched, concrete-like ground, snakes, and mosquitoes make a detectorist long for the cooler days of autumn. Many of the areas I have permission to hunt are currently either in crops or located in very overgrown areas of the Blue Ridge. Nonetheless, it is hard for me to stay away from all the history which I know is lying just beneath the surface here in the Breadbasket of the Confederacy - the Shenandoah Valley. Below are a sampling of a few items I've found recently - despite the less than favorable conditions.
|Another close up shot of the spoon's intricate design. When considering the technology available at the time these items were made, the craftsmanship is quite remarkable.|
|Pictured here are some miscellaneous items I dug at another Shenandoah Valley farmstead. The larger item is, I believe, one of the bells off of an old telephone. The iron item on the left is some type of tag. The decorative brass piece could be off of a lamp or other household item. I've been told the two items at the bottom are lead weights and were used in the hems of frock coats, as well as tents used by soldiers in the WBTS. The area where they were dug did see a major battle during the Civil War.|
I've been fortunate enough to secure several very promising sites where concentrated WBTS activities occurred and will be exploring those as soon as cooler weather arrives. I'll also be detecting some sites this fall that date to the early 19th and late 18th century. As much as I love summer, I'm looking very forward to the changing of the seasons. Now, if I can just find time to get started on that next book project . . . ;o)