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Located next to the Anuy River, about 150 km south of Barnaul (Russia), the Denisova Cave is a popular tourist attraction, such is its paleontological importance. Over the years a number of remains have been found there, including some of extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth. In total evidence of 66 different types of mammals have been discovered inside, and 50 bird species.
The most exciting discovery was the remains of the Denisovans, a species of early humans that dated back as early as 600,000 years ago and were different to both Neanderthals and modern man.
In 2000 a tooth from a young adult was found in the cave and in 2008, when the bracelet was found, archaeologists discovered the finger bone of a juvenile Denisovan hominin, whom they dubbed the 'X woman'. Further examination of the site found other artifacts dating as far back as 125,000 years.
The institute's deputy director Mikhail Shunkov suggested that the find indicates the Denisovans - though now extinct - were more advanced than Homo sapiens and Neanderthals.
Outstanding artifact and article found here.
1901 S Barber Quarter found while metal detecting. Brings over $6,000.00 at auctionRead More
From: Delmarvanow website
"It is a mystical union, when artifacts two centuries old come alive again in the hands of a boy. In the ground, some of the highly worn copper coins of old may be almost worthless, but in his hands they become a glowing treasure, a beacon of life-changing enlightenment. Across the ages, these bits of history have the power to direct and influence one young man's life and career."
Read full article here: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/delaware/2015/01/10/boy-finds-cache-greek-roman-coins/21562515/
Buttons are my favorite artifact to find. I have found well over 400 of them over the years. You see, buttons can tell amazing stories about the folks that once wore them as well as the makers. If your lucky, buttons can give you a history lesson you will never forget.
The other day,I headed out about 10am, cold 26 degrees and not getting much warmer. I wanted to try out a new coil I just purchased (10x5) CoilTek Joey coil for my CTX. Once at my permission, I went to see if anything had been missed in this little area that had been hammered by another detectorist. Short story on the hunt is I found two buttons and a "D" buckle. I only hunted the area were the grass was taller because the ground was not frozen in those spots. I will return and hit that spot again. One of the buttons I found is know as a "Phoenix Button" or "Haitian Military Button".
History on the button...
Phoenix buttons - which have a phoenix design in the center and French text around the edge - were originally manufactured in England to fill an order for military uniform buttons by King Christophe of Haiti. The buttons are numbered representing the Regiments of the Haitian Military. However, they were never delivered due to Christophe's suicide in 1820. There is wide speculation as to how the buttons entered the US. Apparently, finding a Phoenix on the East Coast is pretty rare.
A side note...Haiti's fight for independence had a huge impact here in America. Thomas Jefferson quickly took advantage of the war torn Napoleon and his army's need for cash, and convinced him to sell the Louisiana territory for fifteen million dollars. Stop and wonder...if there was no uprising in Haiti and Napoleon didn't have to send 200+ ship with 60,000 men to try and squelch it, would America look the same today...
The button I recovered has No. 30 on the lower part of the button and it stands for.the San Souci Regiment. Which, I think was the San Souci Palace Regiment. When the main revolutionary army led by Toussaint, Dessalines, Christophe, Petion and others finally "submitted" to the French in 1802, San Souci did not submit. Colonel Jean-Baptist Sans Souci was an African born slave and a rebel leader very early in the revolution. The Col. was an expert at guerilla-like tactics and used the mountainous region to his advantage. Colonel Sans Souci, who was no marginal rebel, but rather “a high-ranking officer of Louverture’s army turned dissident.” The Colonel was ultimately killed twice by Henry Christophe: first, actually, during their final meeting; and then, “symbolically, when Christophe named his most famous palace Sans Souci.” Source:http://www.bostonreview.net/books-ideas/remembering-trouillot-colin-dayan
Outstanding piece of history recovered and certainly a once in a life time find. Saving history just doesn't get any better than this.
Good luck and HH...
Outstanding year recovering lost history. My best recoveries were the Richmond Gray's 1844 Shoulder Plate, Virginia button and the Confederate Infantry "I" button. Best hunt was a road trip to Delaware, were I dug six (6) Large Cents in one day, in one yard. See article here and video here. Thanks again DD! Best new permission is well...still super secret but I have developed a friendship with the owner that is worth more than any artifact. Thank you Joan for the permission and friendship! I did not get to hunt as much as I would have liked, but all in all was a great year. Looking forward to 2015, I have a few new areas in the works. Good luck and HH...
Votive: consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire <avotive prayer>, offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion
Mike Silver recovered this outstanding artitfact in 2014 using his Minelab CTX 30/30. These axe amulets were votive or funerary pieces in nature, to follow the Warrior in the afterlife and serve him there.
This amulet is made of bronze and weighs 13g. This piece dates back to 950 AD and considered very rare. While doing some research on Norse amulets I ran across a great article here "Did Viking men wear necklaces?"
Special thanks to Mike for sharing his awesome artifact, I'm sure we will see more from him in the future.
Good Luck and HH...
A lot of folks associate the term “Viking” to the Scandinavian term vikingr, a word for “pirate.” However, the term is meant to reference oversea expeditions, and was used as a verb by the Scandinavian people for when the men traditionally took time out of their summers to go “a Viking.”
Who were the Richmond Grays and what is the history behind them? These were questions that popped in my mind after I realized I had dug one of their shoulder plates. I say "realized" because at first I thought it was "junk" as you can see in the video. (here) * Took video down as people have already gone looking for the spot * It wasn't till I got home and ran some water over the relic, did I realize it was something special. Metal detecting a new permission for the first time and having just found a 1943 Washington quarter right on the surface my hopes were high with the sound of another good target. The plate came out of the ground bent over onto itself. It just looked like junk being only a few inches deep. After bending the plate back out close to its original shape I could tell something was there...still not sure I put it in my finds pouch and entered the GPS location into my CTX.
Starting the research process was initially a quick Google search and then a call to Ran Hundley owner of Sgt. Riker's in Ashland, VA. Ran stated he had never dug one and knew they were rare to dig and congratulated me on the find. He asked me to bring it by the store and I told him I would. I called some of my closest metal detecting friends and told them all about finding it...but really couldn't tell them much about the history behind the relic. I could feel this "I've got to know more" mindset starting to build...
This is why I Metal Detect
Diving into the Internet, searching for any information about the Richmond Grays, I found the most amazing history...that I never knew about. The 1844 date on the plate represents the date the Grays formed. To be exact January 29, 1844, a little over 170 years ago. In June of 1861, the Richmond Grays along with other local militia units mustered into Confederate service. This formed the 1st Virginia Infantry or more famously known as the "Williams Rifles." The 1st Virginia Infantry served with distinction throughout the war. James Kemper, Governor of Virginia stated "You know I was identified with the First through many bloody vicissitudes. Jollier men in camp, braver soldiers in battle, were not found in the Army of North
The mentioning of the name John Wilkes Booth even today stirs up uncomfortable feeling for many. During my research I learned that John Wilkes Booth was in fact a member of the Richmond Grays. John Brown's invasion of Virginia in 1859, his capture and execution are all linked to the Richmond Grays.
Please read the book "Has He Been Hiding in Plain Sight? John Wilkes Booth and The Richmond Grays" by Angela Smythe. Its only 41 pages and online for free. I have really enjoyed reading it and I would think anyone who is interested in Civil War history would enjoy it. Thanks for reading my short account, as I could write many pages on this subject. Please comment on this article and share what you may know about the Richmond Grays...
Good luck and HH
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