Metal Detecting In Irkutsk Region, Siberia - Site Kokorino (Story 10)

First Relic Find of the Day

Before Rudolf and I started hunting together, I told him that there was no "hammered" site in the world that could be completely depleted of good targets. Now I had it clear: Rudolf wanted to see if I could "walk the talk" - to prove my statement by showing both my abilities and the capabilities of Minelab Explorer in "squeezing out" a few "leftovers", old coins and relics, out of the "pounded" site.

As soon as I got out of jeep, I assembled my metal detector and started adjusting its search program to the condition of the ground which was full of "hot" rocks (read more information on Hot Rocks here). Fortunately, 'hot' rocks in this area sounded with a very distinctive tone pitch, different from the tones of copper or silver coins. I quickly set up my Explorer's program onto deep search mode, while others were unloading the equipment out of vehicles or just hanging around.

Unloading the Equipment

As I was just about to start detecting, Svetlana the reporter came to me and said that it was time to do an interview. I turned my Explorer off and switched my mind from "Let's-Kick-the-Butt!" attitude to the inspirational "You-Can-Do-It-Too!" mode.

TV News Reporter Svetlana

TV News Reporter Svetlana

After I answered Svetlana's questions, explained what the hobby of metal detecting was about, and told them about my impressions regarding treasure hunting in Siberia, Svetlana asked me to demonstrate how metal detector worked. I turned my machine back on and began metal detecting in front of the camera.

TV Camera

My face expression was of a serious treasure hunter, I had to play myself! A minute had not passed when I had to forget about acting as I receive a loud signal in my headphones. The crew sensed that something was happening as they saw genuine amazement on my face. The camera moved closer when I started digging a hole.

Everyone shouted "wow!" when a part of huge rusty iron object showed up in dirt. A huge field plow came out. It was a good sign to me because it suggested the fact that previous searchers did not bother to dig big junk. "What else did not they bother to dig?", I was wondering.

Just Dug Up a Field Plow

Soon, the crew left me alone and began working with Rudolf who brought some of the oldest coins recovered by him at this site before. A diameter of coins is approximately 38-40 mm (size of an American Dollar coin). To "Recovering First Coins" on Page 3

Group of the 18th Century Russian Coins

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