40,000 year old bracelet is the oldest ever found...

Photo from http://siberiantimes.com/

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.


Hoard of Roman and Greek coins found in the US...

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."

Using a metal detector, Bobby Grangier, 10, found a hoard of Roman and Greek coins, dating to 500 AD, at a shoreline site on the Chesapeake Bay in Accomack County.  (Photo: Staff photo by Brice Stump)

Using a metal detector, Bobby Grangier, 10, found a hoard of Roman and Greek coins, dating to 500 AD, at a shoreline site on the Chesapeake Bay in Accomack County.(Photo: Staff photo by Brice Stump)

Read full article here: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/delaware/2015/01/10/boy-finds-cache-greek-roman-coins/21562515/

2014 Recovered Artifacts...

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...


Viking artifact and a little knowledge...

Mike Silver

Mike Silver

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.”

Mike Silver

Mike Silver





Richmond Gray's 1844


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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