I was up early this morning , and after coffee and breakfast I was unsure what to do with the day. I came down to two options , clean the house , or dig. Not a very hard choice no. I got in the car and drove towards the mountain and hadn`t decided what spot to search today. As the few clouds in the sky dispearsed as I drove , I headed towards a cool shaded forest where I had searched earlier and had a few nice finds. There had been a camp for German soldiers here but I still hadn`t found any dumping pit.
Only a few meter into the forest I had the first signals , a very good signal! I opened up the forest floor and took out the pinpointer. In an Instant I located the metal which was nothing but old fence wire. I found more pieces of junk as I moved further into the forest but suddenly the F5 went crazy showing all kinds of metal. This could be it. I looked around and it could look like a overgrown ditch. I checked the entire length of it and it was lots of signals! I started in one end removing the top layer of vegetation and then a layer of rocks and sand before hitting rust. A whole bunch of rusted food tins and cans. I closed the hole and went to the other end of the ditch and repeated the procedure. This time it was also lots of rust on top , but under it was some more stuff.
A dumping ditch running from the backpack until the metal detector.
I spent the next few hours emptying this hole. It was very exciting as there was lots of items , big and small , and lots of it was in not very bad condition. Some porcelain jars , different tools , canteens and fieldflasks. Several coffee boxes for the German fieldkitchen was in a sad state unfortunately but from the pit came also a large food canister with only the lid missing.
It took a while to empty the hole I opened but when it was done I filled the junk and dirt back in and covered it up. I was starting to get tired and hungry so I decided to dig the nine other meters of this ditch tomorrow , so I started searching and beeping my way back to the car. I didn`t walk many meters before I started digging again though. Just meters away from the ditch I found this sunken in square in the forest , and in a corner there I spotted a gasmask canister , another dumping pit!
There was a lot of rubbish in this pit. I dug half of it and the only nice item was the canister. So I moved two or three meters before I needed to dig yet another good signal again and I am so glad I did because here was the find of the day! It was on the edge of what turned out to be a third or fourth dumping pit and it really made my day. Just a few centimeters down was a dog tag! I have found dog tags before but this one was really kool. A Panzer related one! I checked the area around to see if there was others before going back home. Guess where I ll be tomorrow , not at home cleaning the house...