The first half hour searching the edges of the ditch yielded nothing other than the usual trash, but suddenly I hit a belt of goodies. Just small bits, but the relic pile grew steadily. It was fewer coins today, only two,a Norwegian and a Finnish one. But I found a k98 cleaning kit and a field torch, they ll both go into a bath of oxalic acid as soon as I get some more. Also the Nivea products and Esbit burners came out of the ground in a steady pace together with hundreds of wine and beer bottles. Some bits of ammo pouches stuck out from the soil and as I pulled it a Erkennungsmärke fell out, that was a nice surprise.
The last bit of the edge I had to check sort of led into a new ditch, half meter wide and going away from the dumping pit. For two hours I followed it, digging nothing but rusted cans and bottles, and I got really bored with it and decided to leave it for another day and rather start the un-dug newly discovered pit next to the one I ve been digging these days.
Now I found parts of a field radio and a broken entrenching tool and 4 or 5 batteries with the paper labels still relativel intact. As I tried to remove them from the soil I discovered they were frozen stuck, so the sunny days better keep coming now so this can thaw. Next to the batteries but a bit higher up on the edge I noticed a corner of what could be a box or crate so I dug around it, freeing it quite easily. It was a Mg ammo box with most of the paint intact. It seems to be filled with frozen mud as it is kind of expanded a bit, and the carrying handle was missing, but it ll be interesting opening this one up to see if there is only mud inside it.
Now it was getting late and I was starving so I gathered up my stuff, cleaned up after me and went back home to do some relic cleaning.
Lets hope the weather keeps delivering sun and I can get back out digging tomorrow.