Coin Cache Hunting - Search & Recovery Technique and Tips, page 2
Recovering a Coin Hoard in the Farm Field is a Thrill!
After the cache has been pinpointed, it is time to dig a prospecting pit. Its depth should be at least three shovel blades down, i.e. three layers of dirt would be taken out of the hole, one at a time.
The dimensions of the prospecting pit should be 3 ft by 3 ft. Before the dirt is taken out and scanned for more lose coins, you should prepare two spots, approximately 6 ft by 3 ft each, by scanning them for all junk signals with a metal detector.
The following procedure should be done by two persons. Two tarpaulins are placed at the spots that have been cleared of all junk signals. Now, one person takes the dirt of the first layer out of the pit and piles that dirt up onto the first tarpaulin. At the same time, the second person is transferring the dirt to the second tarpaulin, spreading the dirt in thin layer and slowly scanning it with a smaller search coil.
Before you take the dirt of a second layer out of the prospecting pit, you need to scan the side-walls of the prospecting pit with a metal detector because a few coins are usually "hang" in there at various depths.
If you get a few signals, you need to widen the prospecting pit until you don't get any signal at all. The dirt from the wall is also going onto the tarpaulin for scanning. Then, you repeat the procedures described above until and after you retrieve the cache's core.
If the cache was pinpointed correctly, it should be discovered before you hit the clay layer in the soil, depending on its geological conditions in the area. If you still have not found a cache' core, start digging another prospecting pit next to the one you have just dug. Rarely it takes only one hole to recover the entire hoard unless the buried treasure had been contained inside the pot (jug, box, jar, chest, etc).
Most of the time, a few prospecting pits have to be dug to find and retrieve the hoard's core, and to collect all the coins suspended in the soil around it. In some cases, when rare coins are involved, the prospecting pits should be dug everywhere within the coin-spread spot. That would assure you that all the coins were extracted from the ground.
This type of cache hunting requires a good physical shape and efficient teamwork. At least, two people should participate in the process. And here is one more thing... One of my fellow treasure hunters always performs the following ritual before and after searching for treasures at every location.
When he arrives at the metal detecting site, he makes a small hole in the ground and pours vodka into it while asking an imaginary old "grandpa" (who symbolizes the God of Metal Detecting) for his permission to search and dig the ground. At the end of metal detecting day, my friend thanks the "old-timer" while pouring vodka into a hole again before leaving the site.
Well, at least, this treasure hunter found a good use for the "Fire Water"... By the way, he started performing this ritual two years ago when he was flat broke. Now he is doing very well! Being a witness to the facts like this, it is hard not to be superstitious. :)
If you have any questions, see the FAQ's on my "Coin Cache Hunting" page.
Happy Cache Hunting!
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