Searching the camp
Weather fine , no work today , coffeepot emptied so there was no reason to sit inside. I drove off towards one of the camp sites I have been searching many times. During the war it was a POW camp for Soviets and after the Liberation german troops was interned here. I started off with the metaldetector on "All Metal" and had a signal straight away. I felt a solid rounded shape when I scraped away sand with my hands and ofcourse I thought it was a helmet , but as the object came loose I saw it was a oil can :)
I moved along and found some electrical cable , several spent K98 shells and the obligatory barbed wire bits , nails and rusted tins. In an area with grey clay I dug a signal and found a small burning pit where a few pieces of cloth had survived in a suprisingly well condition , boot heel irons , a broken spoon and a few white bakelite(?) buttons was also among the charcoal and broken glass.
The next spot I found was very promising. It looked like a filled dumping pit. I saw a large iron piece and I could feel there was metal under the moss when I stepped down into the pit. The Fisher screamed all sorts of signals as well. I got loose the iron part which was the feet of a cast iron oven and underneath it I saw a bucket with a coffee tin inside , in super condition! It didn`t take many objects before I understood this was a farmers dumping pit from the 60`s or 70`s. I dug it to the bottom just to make sure it wasn`t a "wartime layer" under there.
I was a bit dissapointed about the modern garbage but I brushed a regiment of ants from my clothes and hair and struggled on to find the next signal to dig. As the relic fairy has been very generous with this area I was digging again in no time. It was becoming late so I started to move towards the starting point. Here and there I opened up the forest floor to have a peek but no interesting finds really. As I got closer to the car I had tangled myself into some shrubbery and suddenly I was in a small clearing I had never noticed before. I sweeped across it with the detector on high discrimination , and it beeped and screamed everywhere , nice , a big dumpng pit or fireplace. I decided to make a test dig on one of the signals because I had no energy or daylight hours left to do a bigger dig at this point. Not very deep down some leather parts came out like new from the ground and next a german bottle and what made me look forward to tomorrow , a gebirgsjäger boot sole. Ofcourse it can be the "standard" dumping pit , but with all the good signals I`m hoping this is the pit where the soldiers gear was discarded. We`ll see tomorrow.
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