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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!
  15. T Today when police ask for a Sargent it means they need the Sargent, When a police diver ask for the Sargent it is a code that means he or she has located a body and needs the medical examiner. The reason for the secrecy is so that the shore support can distract or remove the press so when the body comes out of the water there are no close ups. Bodies submerged often look horrible, fish, Brine shrimp, sea lice, crabs, water bugs, ect . They are not a proper thing for grieving relatives to see! So the code is used to lessen the trauma on the family.
  16. It makes me laugh as well, its all MIJI designed to keep everyone confused. When I first arrived at Charleston naval base as an E2/ SA three funny things happened The SC chewed my Backside off for reporting aboard Ship (at pier Tango) with a surfboard in my arms. The second thing that happened is he made me stand for full inspection in my Parade dress uniform. Then sent me to walk to the PX with my surfboard and by him a pack of Camels because he had shore duty and could not leave the ship. The third funny thing that happened was on my way to the PX I received my first military salute. As I passed a Navy O1 he snapped me a salute first because in the CG even enlisted men and women wear the style of hats reserved only for officers in other branches. I don't know if he ever realized it or not. I was still more or less in Boot camp mode so I never even broke with a smile - just returned the Salute like I owned it! Years latter I ran into AG Alexander outside his house and (like a total jack ass) I forgot to salute we are still friends to this day!
  17. You are correct, that was my mistake, It has been a few years, I often messed up ranks even while I was in. I worked on bases of every branch and many nations, it is hard to keep them all in proper order. It is even more difficult for me because I had to know LEO ranks as well. for instance a Lt in the navy is not the Same as a Lt at Miami Dade. Police departments have SGT. except for Police Dive Teams they do not. It was the same when I talked on the Radios. CG and Navy use one alphabet while other federal and state agencies use another. Alpha, verses Adam - ZULU verses Zebra. Then factor in that on another radio alpha or Adam is ...._ and Zulu or Zebra is --.. and there actually exist three other variations of that radio code. Don't catch me on the little details the bulk of the story is accurate enough. I did not post it as a thesis I simply posted it because people on this site might be lucky enough to have a significant amount of finds to sell and I just hope they don't get cheated like so many others myself included.
  18. It is my understanding that Kagin did refund the Money in a closed door deal to insure the buyer did not file charges. They would have profited huge off of the Sale, and then again of the sale of the land. The story really smells when you consider that there is a strong connection between The land Owner/ bogus nugget finder and Donald Kagin, fred holabird and the purchaser of the nugget. Then consider the fact they stood behind the nugget as authentic for several weeks after they where informed about the Nugget being the Orange Ruphy from Australia. All of this from self proclaimed professionals that charge people consulting fees claiming to be the only geologist in the world that can authenticate the source of gold. Consider that in business name recognition is everything so why own a dozen LLC. business names. Every time someone gets close to the truth the business changes name. ( Limited Liability Company) Fred claims 650 thousand on taxes from the business. Then the business web site and sale pitch claim over 100 million in sales yearly - while the business model is 25 percent seller fee - 15 percent buyer fee, and dozens of other fees. Knowing these guys I would suspect if they did refund the victim they did not pay cash but rather gold from one of there other victims like me! The Only reason the MIlicent Hurst Painting was recovered is they had sold it to themselves for 1200 dollars after they themselves appraised it at a minimum of 10 thousand. And that is a fact. I have the records to prove that. How fair can an auction be when the auctioneer is biding for himself?
  19. Army National Guard 1985 Civilian Contractor USCG Tracen N.J. 1986 E1/ E2 USNS Charlston 1987 E3 USCGC Escape /USS Escape ARS 1988 boarding officer USCG TWO ROCK Code Talker 1990 E/4 USCG CAMSPAC 1991 Coms Operator USNS MANTA 2003 CSI Captain USNS MANTA 2004 Police Tactical Dive Chief RCMP B.C. 2005 9/11 Flight 93 2011 Chief Served all over this soggy blue marble including GITMO operation Winter Night Operation Able Vigil Operation Pan America Operation HIMO Operation AIMO Operation Desert Shield Operation Desert Storm 9/11 Born a 5th generation military brat to an active military family and if I ever have kids they will be 6th gen or I will toss them out! Freedom Is not Free and if we fail to fight for it the only ones that will have freedom are those we have already buried!
  20. The same Con Men that perpetrated the great Nugget Scam in California that defrauded a collector out of 450,000.00 dollars and sparked a modern day hopeless gold rush in Butte County Ca, are at it again. Fred Holabird and his companions are running a fake auction Scam through a hand full of limited liability companies. FHWAC, Fred Holabird Auctions, Holabird Kagin Auctions, Gold Leaf Placer, Holabird Western American, Fred Holabird Western Americana Auctions just to name a few. These are the same crew of guys that pulled the Great Nugget Scam, The Millicent Hurst Portrait theft, The Grabowski Estate Theft, The Custer Rifle scam, the Nevada Casino gold con and many others. DO NOT TRUST THEM with your valuables or your investment nest egg. I learned the hard way and it cost me a half Million dollars and I will work the rest of my life and never recover economically. Kagin has a PHD and Fred Holabird claims to be a geologist. They have purchased 90 percent of the off shore claims in Alaska with their ill got gains and transfer title of those claims to China LLC that they hold. The way it works is they convince you to sell your estate or gold through them for 25 percent commission. they send you a very professional looking catalog featuring your items. They charge you for the catalog printed by a company they own! The only people that get the catalog are the sellers. Then on the day of the auction they and people working for them buy your stuff for pennies on the dollar. then they tell you it was a tough day at the auction and charge you the 25 percent commission plus handling, shipping, printing, research, postage and a whole lot of other fees. IN the end they move your treasure for legitimate prices through there connections. Kagin Owns a coin store, Fred is affiliated with other auction houses such as E bay, And Invaluable. They then take the money and buy claims and transfer title of those claims out of the U.S. Justice Systems Reach. They and those that work for them where armed on every interaction I had with them. One of them claimed to actually be police. They are so convincing that most of their victims never even realize it was a con job. on the Nugget scam they Made 450 thousand and they where also selling the worthless land locked piece of real estate that they claimed the nugget was found on. the Nugget was planted. It was actually the Gold Ruphy Nugget found in Australia two decades ago. The latest con is seeking investors, acting as consultants, and they claim to have invented a way of tracing gold, of course the method is confidential and only they can interpret the results. talk about the fox guarding the hen house. My Family are all ailing and dealing with medical issues. We all worked hard for what we had, My mother is blind she went blind working in pediatrics, my father has heart problems he got in his 29 years as a LEO protecting Americans, His Brother served 35 years in the USN. and died after achieving the rank of E-10 Master Chief Petty Officer I Myself gave the government over 20 years am a 9/11 rescue worker and earned the national defense medal, special operations medals and even the gold medal for outstanding achievement from the Secretary of transportation. None of us have a long life ahead of and it is why we have helped so many people and why I still volunteer 50 hours a week in public service. We Where not rich but we where better off than many so we decided to auction the Estates and use the money to benefit others. Then we met Fred Holabird and his Friends and that was that! So my warning is this be carful and avoid them at all cost. All of us gave testimony to the FBI and we filed felony complaints so with any luck these guys will not last much longer in the free world. As far as the money trail goes it is History! the attached picture is the Milicent Hurst Painting they stole, It was recovered and I'm hoping it ends up in the Smithsonian where it belongs, it was painted around 1900 when she was 12 uears old, She was the First wife of William Randolph Hurst, Founded The Milk For babies program and was a significant figure in the Woman rights movement and the Children Rights Movement. She did more than her fair share of work to ease suffering through some of the hardest times in American History.
  21. I will be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to meteorites. I have sent in over 30 that turned out to be meteor wrong and only one that turned out to be meteorite. I found this one not detecting but in the bottom of a box at a estate sale. The box was full of Obsidian and being a very accomplished flint worker I can not pass on a good deal of Obsidian that we call Candy, as it works like candy glass when making arrow heads, knives or spear tips. I can say with certain the obsidian is north American and likely from the California Desert. Yes we can tell the difference between locations and sources. Any way at the bottom of the box covered in Desert Betanite and sand I found the Rock Hound that filled the box also picked these up. They fit together like a puzzle and I polished and etched some surface. just to see it under the lamp. Any one know what it is?
  22. Cell phones operate on Radio Signal using CDMA (code Division multiple access), TDMA (time division multiple access) , GSM or SIM technologies. All of these use radio frequencies. Modern digital phones transmit on only 1/10 of one watt while older analog phones transmit on 3 full watts. so older phones will interfere more than modern ones. even when you are not talking on the phones they are transmitting for two reason, first matching the time between tower and phone, and second tracking the location of the cellphone.This is normal operating procedure. when the phone is manually set in airplane mode it will not transmit at all it only listens. If the phone is still transmitting in any way while in airplane mode it is either defective, (likely corrupted software or it is tapped). Governments, and non government parties do this often as it is not difficult to do. many phones are designed to be tapped. For instance I can clone or tap or most phones in about 3 minutes. The simple way to check the phone is set it in airplane mode and hold it next to a turned on external computer speaker for a few minutes . If you hear it transmitting signal over the speaker it is either defective or tapped. I always bring my phone for safety but always run it in airplane mode when operating my detector, or even sonar. When operating my magnetometers I can not have any iron metal on my person including checking my shoes, hat and clothing buttons for any iron metal. most boots have steel in their design and many buttons on clothing and ball caps contain it as well. Some of the dollar stores and garden centers sell tough, strong all plastic hand shovels and plastic pasta strainers that are perfect for working with detectors especially in the surf line.
  23. Is Jim Campbell still around? I would love to chat with him about his find, I am tracing all of the locations of finds around Yuma as part of the "In search of Uncle Sam" history project on the lower Colorado. So far we know of chest armor, shields, Spanish horse shoes, Buckles, ect. we have not heard of his sword. I would also love to hear more about Peg leg Smith petroglyph and the Upside down U arborglyph sounds amazing. one of our task is mapping petroglyph and arborglyph sites.My anthropology friend did his PHD thesis on Arborglyphs and to date is the only north American anthropologist specializing in them. They are few and far between as trees usually had shorter lifespans than rock. There is a good chance his Jim' sword could relate to the Yuma Battle 1850's or even the Yuma Mass 1540 as both relate to Yuma location. I have personally studied and held more than 2000 swords and edge weapons and could tell him a great deal about it! If there Is anything I don't know about a sword there is someone I can consult with as I have been involved in the sword community for over 30 years - from pro collectors to PHD experts my list is long when it comes to edge weapons. As far as this (Flint lock) piece - it sounds to me like they are on the right track with the metal testing, Both Iron and Bronze of that antiquity would be very unique in physical property, The bronze for example would have to be void of tin and Zink, it would have to contain .05 percent Arsenic if it was that old. Thousands and thousands of antiquated guns flooded in to the United states during the many wars and throughout the fir trade and westward advance. News records from the Three Rivers Trading Post advertised that a single worthless old musket could be traded to the Natives for as many as 50 beaver pelts or two striped puma pelts. That advertisement and many like it caused old weapons from all over the world to be crated up and shipped to America with many other items for trade. I am certain the experts working on that piece are aware of all of this and they likely have other data or associated artifacts that they are working with to claim their site is Spanish and that old!
  24. I Have no reason to think that any of the rocks, are markers rather than natural erosion - that said, I know for a documented fact Spain was All over the place, Spanish writing is known to exist on rocks in the heart of Gold Country at the site of an old pit mine in Oroville. Petroglyphs in Oregon's National Seashore contain Early Spanish Writings as well as 13th century Viking. Petroglyphs in Arizona, California, And BAJA Mexico depict Spanish Ships while older ones depict Viking Ships. With this in mind I find the topic fascinating and believe it needs more research. Numerous people have cited Spanish and American Records and books. I can state for a fact the Mormon records also hold accounts of Spanish Mines existing well inland through New Mexico, Oregon, and possibly further. Perhaps some Utah record searches are in order. I remember the first time I heard the suggestion that Drake actually landed in Oregon rather than Northern California I was as skeptical as anyone or even more so (as I lived in Drakes Bay at that time) ! Now having looked at all of the known evidence it appears more likely than not that Oregon's Bay is New Albion! It is not just my opinion alone rather it is becoming the more popular consensus. Now that the scientific community is actually investigating that possibility the evidence is rapidly starting to tip the scales. We also have to remind ourselves that China has maps that accurately depict North and South America including the Great Lakes that have reliably been dated to 1390. A fact that may explain, California Jade being found in Han Dynasty graves in China and South American cocaine found in Egyptian Mummies. Has anyone ever questioned how a central California Native American Tribe came about having a Jewish name and a Jewish based Language long before Drake or how it came to be that the Chinookan dialect tribes of northern California Oregon and Washington had a language based in India before Drake arrived. There are accounts from the gold rush as well as the building of the railroads of some of the oldest Chinese laborers being able to talk to the Oldest Members of the Southern Cult tribes. I believe personally that less than .00000000000001 percent of history got recorded. Whom actually knows until we Know and even then What do we actually Know?
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