We began digging a slope where we had found some good stuff last time around. The hopes of some really good relics waiting there had been haunting us both for a while now so we stripped off the top layer and started sifting through broken glass, charcoal and rusted bits. It took us a few hours to complete the slope and even though none of the finds would fall into the "spectacular" category it was a few nice findings there. Baard picked out a simple yet nice trench-art ashtray, lots of shaving soap jars, toothpaste tubes, small perfume bottles and one or two "rigs" that were used to keep the shape of gasmasks.
My pile of relics contained a few bottles, a Finnish coin, a cigarette box with a roller, a silver pen, a göffel, a couple of gaming pieces, a small glass dish and two nice uniform buttons of which I am still unsure of from which army.
After a coffee and a little to eat we moved a few meters along the slope to where there were a few good signals. Here I found a small coinspill with a couple of Finnish coins and 13-14 German coins, an axe, a silver spoon , two other spoons and some radio parts. I also dug out a key, an eraser, scabbard for a close combat knife and an interesting German bakelite button. The button was marked "Nappa. Deutsche Arbeit". Amazingly we had dug through a ton of broken glass without any cuts or stabbings!
While Baard and me had been digging the slope Skule kept falling down from trees before he decided to build himself a shelter to keep warm and dry :D But he also broke his fathers shovel so as punishment he had to trek down through the forest to pick up my Fiskars from the car :D
When there were no more interesting signals in the slope, we moved around a bit with the detectors, looking for other dumpsites or good signals. The area was rather quiet and it seems the rubbish had been thrown only a few places, not scattered around all over as it often is. We had seen a big dumping pit someone had been doing some digging in before us and we chose to go through it. That was a wise move. Here we spent the rest of the day trying not to stab our fingers or knees on all the sharp and jagged bits of glass while the piles of relics grew.
Here I found a few pieces from a field telephone, a Red Army enamel cup, three toothbrushes, several more spoons and yet another göffel. The most interesting bits I pulled out from the mud here was a ceramic drinking bowl for a dog, a MG 34 cradle of a construction I have never seen before. It look like it had been mounted on prehaps a wooden wagon. Also a pair of lady earrings was something I had never expected to find in a massive German dumping pit. A piece of soap marked "Gamburg", a pair of goggles and a Scho-Ka-Kola tin found their way onto my pile as well.
Baard had a bit better luck here as he dug up a nice Rosodont box, a Norwegian 7.5 centimeter shell casing, an early field flask drinking cup made from alu, a parade belt buckle (minus its roundell) and a trench-art ashtray made from a 7.5 cm Norwegian casing and a trench-art picture frame!!
I am of course jealous on his trench-art findings but am glad that he found some good stuff and not only the nails and bolts he secretly collects.
Sadly their holiday here north is rapidly coming to an end, but we have plans for next time, and hopes for a long autumn lockdown which could allow them to have an extra vacation up here :D
Today it is time to relax with some housework but if the weather allows it I might make a little trip to the Gebirgsjäger camp tomorrow :)