It has been a looong winter this year. Northern Norway havent seen so much snow for some 60 years but luckily it wasnt a cold winter so the ground is not frozen deep as it usually is, but spring came almost a month and a half later than usual. The melting snow is flooding the forests so the ground is wet and muddy.
In october when I got back home from Latvia we had to move, so now I have new territories. I ve done my research during what seemed to be a never ending snowstorm so today I could finally step out into a fresh and nice forest. Seemingly untouched by diggers.
I had fresh batteries in my shiny new detector, my old one was kept together by gaffa and luck and has done its duty for nearly 8 years now, but it still works so I ll keep it as a back up or train the Girlfriend how to use it so I can cover more ground :D
The new Fisher gave signals everywhere, and here and there metal poked out from under the moss, trenchlines and earthen dug outs scattered around. I spent the first hour just wandering around checking for signals and when I reached the side of a small hill the detector really went berserk with signals. The whole hill side, hundreds of meters had signals everywhere and also a rather wide belt on the bottom with bits of ovens and coils of barbed wire sticking out between the sapplings, here I can dig until Octember brings snow again!! :D
I dug for about 5 hours and gathered a little pile of relics worth saving. Didn`t find anything spectacular but it being the first dig of the season it didn`t bother me one bit. The best find for sure was a small Polish silver coin from 1923. Other than the usual rubbish one find in German camps a small bakelite container was of interest. I thought it was a Soviet ID-paper box, but this one is smaller and is marked "Thalia" so I wonder if it can be some hygenic product prehaps. Anyways, it is great being back in business and I think I ll be back out there early tomorrow, I just need a shower,some food and a kip first:)