The P’s of metal detecting

In this short little after hunt video I discuss the P’s of metal detecting. It was an interesting hunt that netted some decent finds. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy it.

*\_ Steveouke

Getting partnered

Good evening everyone. I wanted to write this blog post to let everyone know about a recent partnership I’ve made with Teknetics Metal Detectors. I have never owned a Teknetics machine but I have heard nothing except good things about them and I’ve thought about purchasing one in the past. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a loaner detector to review from Teknetics Direct. I am also looking forward to the future opportunities of field testing their new equipment before it goes to market. I was talking to Mr. Dick Stout about this relationship and he mentioned that Teknetics had a great reputation for their quality.

Now you may be asking what a partnership means. I want to be transparent about the relationship so nobody thinks that I exclusively promote Teknetics equipment. As mentioned above the partnership is mostly about reviewing/testing their equipment. The only caveat is that buy using my PROMO CODE on their website when ordering equipment you can get specials ranging from $50 off + free shipping to just free shipping. This partnership benefits me by the company giving me a commission on referrals. That being said I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to shop their website and see if you need anything. The site features a metal detector for any budget. So do some browsing on Teknetics site and if you decide to make a purchase enter the code A1493 in the promo code section to get your special pricing and help me out.

It has always amazed me how great the people in the metal detecting community are and I hope that you enjoy Teknetics new site.

Thanks for reading and Happy Hunting!

Steveouke *\_

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A day in the dirt with the Archaeology group

Several months ago the Wheat State Treasure Hunters invited Dr. Bob Hoard to one of our meetings. We were intrigued about the differences between archaeologists and mder’s. There was a certain something that spawned from that meeting. Pulltab Miner and I thought that Dr. Hoard seemed pretty open minded. During his meeting he discussed using metal detectors as a tool. We suggested that maybe in the future we could work together on a project or two. Fast forward a few months and I received a Facebook message from the Dr. asking if I would like to help them on a dig at the beginning of May. I told him that I would be really interested in doing so. Pulltab Miner and I agreed to help them out on a exploratory investigation some 3 hours from home.

Saturday May 9th.

Pulltab Miner and I were told to be at the dig site at 9 in the morning. We left my house at a little before 6 and headed North. We skidded the Rav into the dig site with 5 minutes to spare. We were greeted by folks from the Kansas Historical Society, the Kansas Anthropology Association, a representative of the landowner,  and a few volunteers including two other metal detectors. The site is a very historical site that is part of the historic register. The land is owned by a non-profit organization that wants to create a more tourist like area. This includes parking lots and a natural amphitheatre type area. Our goal was to see what was lurking under the ground where the parking lots are planned.

After a short briefing and some introductions we move to the North end of the property where one of the parking lots will be. It started off kind of slow for me. Each person running a metal detector was accompanied by an excavator (don’t think backhoe here). The excavator was kind of like a recorder as well. Any artifact that they thought to be period would be logged via GPS, bagged, and later inspected by the Archaeology team. I was the chosen one to work directly with Dr. Hoard. I think he was losing faith in me because the first few signals I tried to retrieve were ghost signals. I started putting things together and realized that on each attempt there was a sizeable rock below. He was intrigued and I showed him that sometimes a signal is there but once you move soil, rocks, and generally disturb the area it could disappear. We worked the field back and forth several times. On one of my last passes I managed to find what I believe was the first dated artifact of the day. It was a shield nickel that was lurking just under the surface. It has rays on it which means it was either an 1866 or 1867. I couldn’t get a date off of it. We all celebrated and the nickel like every other artifact got logged by GPS, bagged, and given an artifact number. One of the volunteers made a joke about me not doing a back flip. So I jokingly did a pseudo roll down the hill. It was a fun moment and we proceeded on. Given that we had covered the area quite well we were nearing the end of this particular site. I took the opportunity to open some discussion about finding artifacts and retaining them. Dr. Hoard and I spoke for only a few moments about the system Europe has for collecting data about finds. After our discussion I don’t think it would take much to implement such a system here in the states. He reiterated the fact that they truly just want to know information. They don’t want our finds that we find on our own. They would just like to have a record of it. Now I know that there are some MDer’s out there that keep pretty meticulous records about finds. I will also be the first to admit that my blog is the only real record I keep of my finds. After spending a day with these guys I can understand why they would like the information. Would it take more of my precious time to keep a log of finds and GPS coordinates? Yes. Would I enjoy keeping a log of all my finds? Probably not. However I can also see the benefit of having that information whether it is for me or for the archaeologists to review. In my mind we are all trying to figure out history and grab a little piece of it. Personally I have turned one of my sites into the KSHS for documentation. I haven’t seen a dig team on that site and I doubt they will ever do anything with it. It’s not a highly historic site but in case they ever decide to build a Taj Mahal on it they will know what has been recovered there thus far. I have to ask the question though. How many metal detecting hobbyists would take the time to log all the information from their sites? Now I know there are folks out there saying that as soon as I let them know what I’ve found they will be all over it. Dr. Hoard said somethings that made me think quite the opposite. They have used peoples personal collections as a tool to learn more about a site. They don’t take the collection and never look back. My thinking is this. If you find a good site detect it to your hearts desire, make a detailed record of it and collect things in a responsible way, once you are done with the site go ahead and give the archaeology department the information you have. They won’t steal what you’ve collected and they won’t hassle you about it. They may be impressed and ask to borrow your collection for display and investigation but they still have to have funding, time, and permission to turn it into an archaeologists full dig site.

Anyways I digressed from this trip. We finished up at that particular site and moved further down the trail. In this particular section I found what seemed like a period correct bullet that had hit something and sheered into two pieces. We proceeded to joke and have fun. Miner had shared with me that the fine lady helping him had made a comment about once you find a nickel you can then sluff off and stand around and talk. This among with finding a rusty modern wingnut led to several jokes and laughs between the group. It was fun and I think we all learned something. Dr. Hoard as well as other volunteers were intrigued by how much we could tell by using the metal detectors. I was impressed with how knowledgeable they were regarding artifacts and sub surface items in general.

As the afternoon moved on we did as well. We went to the “homestead” area that was as far as I could tell some kind of dugout or log home that was quite small. Our detectors immediately went nuts with all the iron in the ground. I managed to dig several pieces of an old stove top, the back half of an axe head, and a harmonica reed. Miner shined in this spot and found a couple of buttons and an old serving fork. We eventually moved to a different part of the area that was heavily used and still had wagon swells from the numerous wagons that passed over the ground headed west. The bad news was the fact that a quarry had operated on this particular piece of land for many years in the 20’s and 30’s. I didn’t find much but we finished the day out here as thunder and lightning bared down on us.

In closing I want to say it was a great time and very eye opening for me. I’m not saying that us detectorists or detectoristas are looting and causing bad, however I wonder if we should be more diligent in what we do? As we were winding down Dr. Hoard asked if we would be interested in bringing the club to the site for a full day of detecting and recording. I think most the people in our group would be willing to do it considering the site is full of history from the time before we even became a state.

On the ride home Miner and I had a couple conversations and one thing he said struck me. As there is a new wave of people joining both forces will we work more closely together in the future? I think it is a possibility. One of our club members sent me a link to a group in New Mexico I believe that held an event that would give archaeologists a more thorough understanding of metal detectors, how they are used, and what you can do with them. I see this as inspiring however I couldn’t find anything that stated how many archaeologists attended the event.

We shall see what the future holds!

I personally want to say thank you to everyone that helped out on Saturday and I hope that we can do this more often.

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave your comments below.

*\_ Steveouke

All photos below are courtesy of Tom Parker. Thanks for the great pictures Tom! You can see more of Tom’s work by visiting his site http://www.dispatchesfromkansas.com/

The group unloading and getting ready
The group unloading and getting ready
Working away under a cloudy sky.
Working away under a cloudy sky.
Working our way across the hilltop.
Working our way across the hilltop.

Dr. Hoard and I

We were checking out something and making sure nothing else lurked below.
We were checking out something and making sure nothing else lurked below.
I believe this is when I found the coin!
I believe this is when I found the coin!

Woohoo

So I haven’t been posting lately regarding metal detecting. As I posted previously I am trying to get dovetailsanddadoes.com launched and stocked with neat stuff. I also wanted to let everyone know that as of last week I am not a ridercoach for the MSF. I decided that I didn’t want to be a partial ridercoach. If I can’t devote the time to it that I believe it deserve then what’s the point. I imagine that one of these years I will pick up the coaching again. It is a truly rewarding experience and I have to thank Motorcycle Training Specialists for doing what they do. As far as metal detecting goes, I have a plan. A buddy and I have a plan to hit some of the oldest properties in our township as well as neighboring townships. That means we have to figure out ownership, seek permission, and wait for the time to be right. I am excited about a couple of opportunities we already have lined up. I am hoping that somewhere in this mess I may be able to get permission for a pretty cool group hunt location where the Wheat State Treasure Hunters can have a family get together and hunt. The weather is right for hunting finally and I’m hoping that we can pull some very nice coins and relics out of the ground soon. I think we are starting our big adventure tomorrow so stay tuned. Most importantly. Get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful Kansas weather as long as it lasts.

Thanks for reading

Steveouke *\_

Ohhh me oh my oh..

Well, I wish I was writing to say that I have had fabulous hunts finding caches of gold and silver… Sorry to break the bad news to you but I haven’t. I haven’t been hunting much but the home improvement projects seem to be slowing a bit. I’m in the process of building a rustic oak vanity for the bathroom in the basement. I don’t want to say I love building things but it definitely isn’t a nightmare. The time has been spent explaining dadoes, rabbet joints, and half lap joints to my 12 year old. He gets bored learning but he has enjoyed seeing the project come together. I did manage to find some time to hunt at the Wheat State Treasure Hunters November hunt. It was nice. The only work I really had to do was send out a group email with a map and time. We showed up and started hunting. There were 12-15 people there and it was nice looking around seeing people finding coins. We had people from all different levels of knowledge working a site of 8 empty lots. I dug a couple of wheat cents and an interesting coin from 1944 British ruled India. There were guys finding silver rosies, silver Washingtons, and older wheats. I wasn’t worried though. It was just nice to see everyone out enjoying themselves. Anyways I’m proud of where the club has come from and what it has turned into. At any rate, Good times were had and I look forward to doing it again.

Happy Hunting and watch out for the table saw blade. It can bite and it will hurt.

Steveouke *\_

Ramblings on the Relic Roundup and Road Biking

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I wanted to throw my two cents out about the relic roundup the other night. I didn’t get to listen to Dick Stout and Lisa MacIntyre duke it out on Monday night because the youngest Ukena boy and I were out detecting. I did listen to the show last night though. I would like to say good job to both of them. The two guests and callers brought up many good points. I hope that this is the beginning of changes between arkies and tekkies. I love the idea of a national database that MD’ers can upload finds to. I think this would be a good action. I know that as MD’ers we have discussed such a thing in the past. From an outside perspective this seems like it would be pretty simple to launch. I think if given the opportunity MD’ers would be more than happy to share information about their finds as long as the site wasn’t then overtaken by archaeologists. I agree with what was said that we typically are looking for different things than the archaeologists but I do think we overlap. It seems to me that both parties could work together and make things happen. Chicago Ron hit the nail on the head when he said that everyone should check their egos at the door. I think if everyone opens their minds and act like adults it could work. I also found it interesting what Lisa said about younger Arkies having more open minds. I know in the local area there is a young archaeologist who showed interest in what Pulltab was finding at one of the local parks. Is this a sign of things to come?

ROAD BIKING
Yesterday I got brave and decided to ride my new bicycle to work. I had planned a route that was suppose to be 18.5 miles one way. I left the house at 5:30 and got on my way. I downloaded a GPS tracking device that would measure distance, speed, elevation, calories burnt, and other stuff. I arrived at work at 7:15. I was pleased with this time which meant I was averaging 11 miles per hour. Not bad for a fat guy on a mountain bike. Throughout the day my legs felt good and I was mentally ready for my ride home. I left work right at 5:00 I quickly realized that I had the wind in my face. This didn’t seem like a big deal. Then I got a little over half way and it started raining on me… The rain felt good and gave me a little encouragement that temps would fall. I can honestly say that the last 4 miles were the toughest of them all. Uphill with very slight downhill. Towards the end it took everything I had to make the last two miles of hills. I finally made it home at 7:12 averaging 8.5 mph. Not that impressive. As soon as I walked in the door Queen Ukena could see the exhaustion on my face. She mentioned that maybe this is the kind of exercise I needed to control my adult ADD. She may be right because I was dragging big time. The satisfaction of pulling the bicycle into the garage was great though. I have always said that motorcycling exposes you to your surroundings. That feeling is doubled on a bicycle. I managed to find a couple old homesteads that I hadn’t seen previously. I will definitely be seeking permission to hunt them. Overall it felt great and I slept like a baby on Nyquil last night!

My first time with Twins..

Let’s start by saying this isn’t shocking news from Queen Ukena. It’s also not the male fantasy that is so popular. However, it is a first for me. This morning I stopped by my favorite before work park to do some detecting. I parked the bike, pieced together the Ace, and got to swinging (my metal detector that is). After a few minutes the Ace told me there was something good in the hole. It didn’t sound like a round object but it seemed good enough to dig. I was pleasantly surprised to see a 1941D Wheat Penny. I rescanned my hole and plug and received another sweet sound. To my surprise it was another wheat penny. It was even more cool that it too was a 1941D. I checked for any other signals and came up with a beavertail from those old style pulltabs. I continued the hunt and found a few pulltabs and a common nickel. Needless to say I think the warmer weather is promoting my gold fever.

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Just in the “nick” of time!

Well today over lunch I headed back to the site I discussed in yesterdays post. My time there started slowly but the picked up. I had dug only a few clad coins and then I dug a wheat penny (#7 from the site). I dug an old Ford key that was kind of cool. As I swung my Ace gave me a unfamiliar tone. It was a scratchy high tone with mixed mids. I dug this signal in hopes of finding a silver ring because they give up a similar sound based on the size of ring. I quickly realized that my target was in my plug and I could see an impression of a circular object. I was pleased to see a shiny coin looking at me. The first silver from the site came via a 1945 D war nickel. There are a few people who were ready to throw in the towel on this site. Not me! I returned after work with another area hunter and he found a 54 Roosevelt dime. Hopefully the trend continues!

Happy hunting and thanks for reading *\_ Steve

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Twins

Well this evening I hunted a private residence in town. I only had about an hour so I only hunted the side yard of the home. I managed two wheat cents, both 1945S. Odd considering that it wasn’t a pocketspill. Here is a photo of the twins!

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Early morning at Pattons Place

Well yesterday morning I was honored with hunting Pattons Place. Named so by a forum member at the forum. He and Pulltab Minerfound a very unique place to hunt that is huge. About four square blocks or so. This place has produced silver, gold, and jewelry. Just not for me! Some of us can’t metal detect all day due to work! My finds are shown below..

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