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Well, Saturday Morining I headed to E. Alabama to try and find Gold Hill. After talking with a farmer that lived in the area, I headed off to where he said there were some "holes" with piles of dirt beside him. Back in the 1830's, this area produced a good amount of placer gold, with one 600 acre area on top of a hill producing the most.

The miners had no modern equipment...no sluices, long toms etc. The method they used to mine the placers on the hill was to start at the top of the hill and cut a trench to bedrock from the top to the bottom of the hill. They would then sluice water down the trenches and hope that the gold was caught by the natural riffles in the bedrock. I found some of these trenches thanks to the farmer's finger. They were 40 yards long and anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep. At the end of the trenches where the slope of the hill decreased there were mounds, two to three feet high, of tailings. The top layer consisted of medium sized quartz stones, all angular and NOT river washed, some being pure milky white, some druzy colored and some amber yellow in color. It was a very interesting place. I got lots of signals, mostly square nails, wire, small pieces of cable, a piece of lead, one shotgun shell...

No Gold. I think that I may have to completely eliminate all of the iron targets in the area and then go back over the area with a larger coil. I detected for 3 hours, and by then was all worn out. I was using an 11" round DD coil. I wish I had started with an 8" mono just for weight sake. Above are the finds. I know that I am supposed to dig all signals...that will be the hardest part of my adjustment from relic hunter to nuggetshooter. I left several targets in the ground that I will go back and dig later. I know I shouldn't have, but I was really beat, and wanting to revert back to a cherry-picking relichunter.

Chris

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Places like that in the SE are where a highbanker paid off big tyhme.

Dig everything---with the "secondary" gold rush in the 1930's in many of those same spots you can come up with many goodies dropped by tin-panners.

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Chris; do you know if that area produced detectable gold nuggets? While I almost always dig everything, sanity requires a different approach in some areas. Try turning your discriminate all the way to max, use your dd coil and the switch in dd...Pick an area up from the low end of the trench and where the bedrock is shallow...now detect slowly and dig all the really good, solid signals...they should be mostly nonferrous targets and hopefully some nuggies...

As far as the weight issue you likely need a better bungie cord then that floss minlab furnishes...and a HIPSTICK.

good luck

fred

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From my research this area did produce a number of detectable nuggets. However, after thinking about the layout of the area, I know realize that the trenches have a good amount of overburden built up in them over the intervening years. Au Seeker...when I read your post I immediately punched myself in the face for not taking a bucket and digging some samples to pan out...DUHHHHH. I think my approach the next time will be to take several buckets and take several samples from several locations in the tailings piles. I am also going to open up a small area in the gut of one of the trenches and get an idea of how far down to bedrock it is, and what the bedrock looks like. In some of my research I read a bulletin that stated the bedrock contained shallow stringers of gold bearing material close to the surface...this is the reason that I thought of detecting...I was thinking that maybe the oldtimers overlooked a stringer and that I might possibly be able to detect it. I also am going to switch to my 8" mono coil and attempt to work the step banks of the trenches. The highbanker is a great idea, however there is no creek within a thousand yards. I am wondering how the oldtimers managed to pipe water to the top of the hill so that they could sluice down the trenches?? Ther is still alot to discover in this area. On the other side of the main road there are more trenches, according to my source. I haven't even looked at them yet.

Thanks for the the thoughts Men, I need all the extra brainpower that I can get!!!

Chris

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Chris; do you know if that area produced detectable gold nuggets? While I almost always dig everything, sanity requires a different approach in some areas. Try turning your discriminate all the way to max, use your dd coil and the switch in dd...Pick an area up from the low end of the trench and where the bedrock is shallow...now detect slowly and dig all the really good, solid signals...they should be mostly nonferrous targets and hopefully some nuggies...

As far as the weight issue you likely need a better bungie cord then that floss minlab furnishes...and a HIPSTICK.

good luck

fred

Mr. Mason, a question...I have been reading your post and am puzzled by something you said. I understand that my 2200 has a little discriminating ability, and I have an 11 inch DD, but I don't know how to as you said put "the switch in DD..." Can you tell me how to do that? Thanks for your help

Chris

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Hi Chris; I am sorry for not qualifying my comment...I ass-umed that you had a newer Minelab...you don't have a switch...but you can turn your descriminate knob to the max...which as I recall is all the way clockwise...and if you are too young to read a clock with a dial and hands, then turn the knob all the way to the right when looking at the knob face on...just teasing about the clock...

If you have a newer version of the 2200, I think you should also have a setting for changing the audio output when in descriminate...be aware that this is not true descriminate mode like a vlf but will help eliminate some of the junk iron...I would not trust it in big nugget country...

Read your manual and try to find some of the old videos concerning the 2200...maybe on Minelabs website...

best wishes

fred...not Mr Mason, thanks

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Hi Chris; I am sorry for not qualifying my comment...I ass-umed that you had a newer Minelab...you don't have a switch...but you can turn your descriminate knob to the max...which as I recall is all the way clockwise...and if you are too young to read a clock with a dial and hands, then turn the knob all the way to the right when looking at the knob face on...just teasing about the clock...

If you have a newer version of the 2200, I think you should also have a setting for changing the audio output when in descriminate...be aware that this is not true descriminate mode like a vlf but will help eliminate some of the junk iron...I would not trust it in big nugget country...

Read your manual and try to find some of the old videos concerning the 2200...maybe on Minelabs website...

best wishes

fred...not Mr Mason, thanks

Thanks Fred, for the clarity. My 2200v2 has Woody's Mods on it. I may try the discriminate to see how it works, but I got a feeling that I probably need to dig every signal to get all of the iron out of the way. Last Saturday was tough heat and humidity wise and it kinda beat me down some.

I appreciate the instruction and advice!!!!

Chris

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No worries, Chris...I see that had I read your avatar I would not have been quessing...nor assuming...I am an old-school dig everything guy...but, you may want to give the Big D a try...just to cherry pick the area and see what may be there without the heavy lifting...so to speak.

If you decide to clear the iron, pick an area about 10 feet square and rake it down with magnets attached to the rake...then using your smallest coil detect and dig all signals...if you get any encouragement, do it again from another direction and then again with a bigger coil...this is a ton of work, especially on speculation...but , sometimes is worthwhile...

fred

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