Finding what I am looking for on this site and mourning the loss of my SEF coil for my etrac that went to crap on me! A rare look at the lay of the land.
We were poking around the old well and the landowner spotted some old iron. He pulled it out and it was his grandfather’s “D” branding iron! Man, I wish I would of had the video rolling when he found it but we were dancing a jig! The Continue reading
I found a really promising shell bead today. It is interesting but not sure it is hefty enough to hold up. I found it where a cache of stones and tools were placed under a very old rock pile. The rocks on the top layers were normal Continue reading
Grass dancing in the swollen creek, it is the small things recovered and documented throughout the hunt that are truly treasures.
Onslo loves the water and there is no holding him out of it. I had to take this short video of him enjoying his water.
These stones are not the silver and gold most seek hunting relic and treasure. They are as of yet, not date stamped. Even if there was a date carved into them I would question it. But they are well carved and elaborately laid out with a method Continue reading
Honestly, all the rock here is still sharing secrets of this site or the site the glacier carved them up from. Yet, most are site specific to where they are found. My hope one day is that they will be able to be read like our own emails are read today.
They seem to be Jesuit in origin so 1300-late 1800′s but they may just be way older. They seem to be the only remnant of the enormous civilization that was once here in North America. Agate, Flint and chert are found but they are the off casts or pieces that just did not fit their needs so they are carved into a useful memory tool or message and left for the next generation or visitor to the site. Since this site had a more modern Ojibwe and Dakota dwellers their language is found here but the Jesuit language is also found here.
This is telling us that the fur traders, and mining was done here apart of New Spain and French Fur Trade as well as the much later British merchant interests. Do they reach even further back as well? I think they do but it is like peeling an onion since they are used and reused and every damn piece of stone up here has something intelligent carved into it.
It is so frustrating not being able to pick one up and read it like a modern email but I pray that comes in time. I just wish I was more of a language nerd. But being an artist seems to serve me well in picking up through observation something no one wants to touch, yet there is evidence that others know this, they just don’t talk about it.
So, that is the life of a relic and treasure hunter. I have something here more valuable than gold and silver but until I educate one and all, they are just field stone that are better stacked at the end of the field to most.
Man, there is a ton of raw material here, and I know that Native American’s moved through this area as it was a major trail between two food sources. They camped in this area and there are trail trees and stone carvings by the thousands but not an arrowhead Continue reading
This old brass cow tag came bellowing in on the Minelab etrac. This old cow pasture I am hunting is now overgrown with thorns that cut at denim and flesh but lay lines must be detected and it is a special bonus when relics like this pop up in Continue reading
First day that I was able to get out and start this 2013 Hunt Season. I was excited that my interest area is high and dry although there is still snow and ice. The weather is still cold but bearable. Daisy, Onslo, the land owner and myself Continue reading