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  1. Can Am makes a great product, I don't think you could go wrong with the Outlander, I have driven and road most everything out there and have had a lot of great times on them - that said when my Yamaha Bear Cat finally needed replaced this year I opted to buy the Razer, I tried everything out there and decided that the Razer was the best bang for the buck. Most of my friends that ride in a fashion that will destroy your ride, have all grown partial to the Polaris. I punish the hell out of mine and it never fails to carry me home in style. The affordable after market options are great, the cargo space on back comes in handy and though I rarely have more than one passenger I opted for the four seater and hard top so I can carry all the gear I want. The added bonus for me was the fact that I managed to register it as a motorcycle so I don't have to bother with a trailer unless I am traveling long distance. I do not know if the Can Am will register the same way. Since I live in farm land I figure in the event my trucks are down I can use the Razer to get to town in an emergency to see a doc or get a part! I borrowed two Can Am and one two seater razor before I even priced checked. in my opinion they are close but the Polaris was best for my needs. Twenty years ago I would only have opted for two wheel bikes but at 50 I enjoy the thought of a roll cage, soft seat, harness belts, and cd sound! When ones body contains as many metal parts as the motorcycle one is looking at it is time to look for four wheels!
  2. I was approached while I was digging a detector hit on the California coast by a Game Officer, He asked me what I was doing?I looked (past my detector)and up at him and replied "I am Fishing" he pulled out his pen and began writing, He then asked what I was fishing for? I replied " steel head that is what the detectors is for!" he got offended and told me I could not detect on the beach. I asked him what law forbids it and he could not answer the question. He made a few long radio calls and went away mad! I had already checked the laws regarding that beach and there was nothing prohibiting metal detecting below the high tide mark on that state beach. I am making two points here, first laws are different everywhere you go so you have to research your location to be safe! The second point I am making is that when government or it's agents give me Stupid, I give it right back to them! I call it the Forest Gump Defense!.
  3. Ronald Regan engaged this very debate during his Presidency when he pardoned his friend whom was cited on BLM land for picking up an arrow head he spotted while riding his horse! Surface collecting is as American as baseball and apple pie according to him! it is one of the many reasons I still salute his picture every time I pass by! FYI He was also fond of chopping wood and chainsaw carving.
  4. If you hang around this boulder long enough you will eventually see a crazy coyote trying to push it down the hill during bird season!
  5. Honestly have no clue on this one, though it is a nice find! good eye!
  6. Looks like obsidian that cooled on snow or a shallow stream to me.
  7. Hawks and war clubs varied greatly from tribe to tribe, region to region - and iron replaced stone in only a decade much like the musket replaced the bow, Bows varied greatly as well. Plains Tribes made very long powerful bows to drop large game from great distance. Woodland tribes made less powerful short bows because they could get very close to the smaller game and one can not run through a forest with a long bow very easily. Coastal tribes used short bows and often poisoned the tips even for hunting, much like the primitive south American tribes still do today. Not every tomahawk was made for fighting, certain game was hunted by clubbing. several tribes here in Arizona hunted manly with a short throwing stick not that different than an Australian boomerang. I am just going by the size shape and look of the object. It is certainly hand made metal and looks old enough to be Spanish, Colonial, era. The French started importing trade items even on the first arriving ships. I would imagine Spain had similar thoughts when they where loading their ships for voyages to the Indies or even the island or California . It is possible to proof old iron from post atomic iron using GCMS science as well as proving Viking made Iron from Carbon counts because their art of metalica was unique and never repeated elsewhere.
  8. I am betting that is a native tomahawk, Spanish blacksmiths took great pride and detail in their work, even horse shoes. Spanish horse shoes for example have always had counter sunk nail holes and until the industrial revolution no one else took the effort. I learned that from an old Archaeologist years ago working a 16th century Spanish wreck. All of the Spanish axes and even mallets I have seen on wrecks had shaft or handle holes. Many native pieces I have seen had no holes or grooves and look much like the flint or obsidian ones. when they where set to the wood handle properly with jerk, hide glue, and muscle sinew they where solid and strong enough to split bone or wood. The two arrow points are also examples made from iron seat brackets from buck boards. the tomahawks where made from the iron bands of wagon wheels. Native Americans wasted nothing everything was used and reused. On two of the Manilla Shipwrecks I am involved with we find,(in nearby Native sites) spear tips and knifes made from the ships spikes and even arrow heads knapped out of the broken porcelain Ming dynasty plates. Sometimes the Napper took great care to center the colored designs and kiln marks into the arrow head. Even the blocks of beeswax that washed ashore would be taken to the villages to use in waterproofing leather and combed into the hair to aid with the battle against lice, flees, and ticks. A practice that was adopted quickly by colonist and soldiers alike, mixed with charcoal or ash it makes a good repellent. I think you have a great find and a rare one at that!
  9. I have had many great finds but in terms of getting struck by lightening luck, this one would be my favorite! Interior cranial case from an extinct species of Bison with intact Double flute Clovis Culture Point I donated it and the site to the National museum / State of Nevada. It challenged conventional early human migration paths and placed the Clovis culture in Nevada at least 13000 years ago. Suspected oldest human habitation site in Nevada. Notice some ones Off Road tire track ( top left) that is as close as it gets to loss of a national treasure. Human artifacts with bone remains of that era have been found only a few times in world history. All the finds and all the ship wrecks and it is still very unlikely I will ever better this one as a personal best day! (Ron Daniels of the Animal Planet show Redwood Kings was co discoverer that great day) we traveled to that remote location to test equipment we designed to find meteorites using earth magnetic field, The design worked in theory but quickly failed in engineering (happens a lot in development due to funding).
  10. I agree hole heartedly - There are many great PD, DA , AG, and Judges that deserve medals , The sad fact is that it only takes a one bad apple to spoil any bucket. It is why our system is not perfect! Though we always have to remember we are (only) human. We all make bad calls from time to time. I watched the O.J. trial like every other American and when so many careers where being destroyed by opinion I was shocked. Take for example Mark Furman, as the media was demolishing his career I could not help but think back about the same man, when he was the only person on earth still trying to get justice for little girl named Martha. I truly believe he made huge mistakes in the O.J. case and he may have even made racist statements like some claimed but he was trying to do a thankless job in a violent world and I truly believe his intent was to prevent another victim. Some times we do the wrong thing believing we are doing the right thing and some times the right thing is actually the wrong thing to do, I believe it is what proves us Human. No matter how far we advance or how smart we may become human is (only) human and the law is (only) a human institution!
  11. That Armstrong nugget easily explains the gold Rush spreading across the state faster than a forest fire! If I found that on my claim I would never leave the mountain. I would look kike a dirty old hobbit, and every time someone saw me I would be talking to myself saying My Precious, my orecious, my Precious!
  12. some times when I'm digging hard soil - I think about old mine shafts and stamp mills gaining great respect for the dedication of the old time miners!
  13. great photo, are we looking at an stamp mill here or am I reading to much into it?
  14. I am not an authority on law, but I have a firm grasp on much or it. And there is no real way to answer the Question. The Laws are National, Federal, State, and Local. It depends first on What country you are when you detect or make a discovery. For example arrive in Rome with a metal detector in your baggage , And you just donated your Metal Detector! Not kidding - toughest antiquity laws in the world other than maybe Egypt. The USSR did not like them either, Former Provence ( Kiev) had no issues with detectors and it is a fairly common hobby over there. I highly recommend it (Lots of History) State Side, every state has their own laws, as do some Counties and Cities, For instance most of us use a knife to cut out a plug in grass so we can backfill the hole. it is polite and an environment sound practice while in parks or yards. I know a guy arrested for having the knife on his person while detecting. Why he had it did not matter at all! S.C, in my opinion has the clearest regulations, purchase a yearly Hobby or Commercial Permit and What you find is Yours as long as you fill out a simple discovery report. (at least when I lived there in the 80's} In California it gets very confusing you are ok on private land with permission, State Game Lands Are OK but I learned not above 2000 foot elevation because game lands above 2000 feet are under (state contract) patrolled by Forest Service Police (that appears to be the only reason as we could find not a single written law legally forbidding it. In CA State Parks (unless it is actually posted Illegal or An Archaeological site) you can detect but not take artifacts (How they define artifacts depends on whom you are talking with.) how old is an artifact? The definition of that is as confusing as the root of the word Anatomy, it in Greek simply means To Cut. So how deep would one have to cut before the cut becomes an autopsy? every object that may have ever been picked up touched , used, or made by a human may be archaeological. so we can all assume the Petroglyph is Archaeological but what about the one that says, Jim loves Marcy or T.J. 1999? The National Seashore in California like Big Sur You can Detect but not take Gold, Rocks, Shell or minerals. So everyone Hunts For " Fishing Tackle". Jade is the exception and only at Jade Cove Though there you can not dig above the high tide mark and the use of Scuba is allowed but can not be Used for collecting Jade ! Do not even get me Started on Texas and or Florida, Without a Harvard law degree you are on difficult to understand territory. I have detected in other states but never really spent the time to legally check the laws ( I just smiled and rolled the Dice!) I donate my good finds anyway and all ways have and that is why now I just detect on archaeological searches with permit in hand! I am in it for the hunt and the joy of it, I no longer worry about who gets what if I find it the public owns it! Gold on my Feather River claim is another story though. It cost money to maintain a claim and one is lucky enough to break even. On the claim it is finders keepers even with guest. You find it you Keep It! That said I am an open minded person and I both understand and support private searches, and even for profit treasure hunting - Too each is Own! Mel Fisher was not only a friend he is one of my heroes - not because he found the Treasure but because he never gave up despite overwhelming and heart wrenching sacrifices ! So despite the views of many whom I work with I cheered for Mel with each verdict. Ronald Reagan tried to simplify the laws when it comes to detecting and or surface collecting because he was an avid fan of both and Said it is as American as Apple Pie!
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