Discovering Virginia's Colonial Artifacts: A Comprehensive Guide to Recovery, Identification and Preservation

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This one has been out of print for a few years now. If you don't own it, take my word for it and add one to your reference library.  It's well worth the price and they won't last long.  Here are the particulars:

Author: Bill Dancy

Greybird Publishers, 2027 - Metal detectors - 393 pages

"A comprehensive book that doubles as both a how-to-manual as well as a colonial artifact encyclopedia that will benefit not only the serious digger and collector of early artifacts, but also provide a valuable resource for metal detecting enthusiasts of all ages and interests"--Page 4 of cover.


This book, entitled Discovering Virginia's Colonial Artifacts - A Comprehensive Guide to Recovery, Identification and Preservation, is 400 pages in length and packed with nearly 1000 color photos of 16th thru 18th century artifacts the author has personally recovered over the last 20+ years along with many quality post-colonial finds that randomly turn up at early sites. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in this subject matter area to hit the market. But don’t be misled by the title as this is a must-have not only for colonial enthusiasts, but for all novice and veteran relic hunters as well as it covers a wide range of pertinent topics including research methods, how to secure permission, reading and searching sites, finding and excavating trash pits, artifact cleaning, preservation, documentation and display, ethics, and much more.

It basically doubles as both a “how-to” manual as well as a colonial artifact “encyclopedia” covering all major categories to help more precisely identify and date your finds. It also contains 40 sidebars scattered throughout the book that expand on various topics of interest plus a listing of “Suggested Resources” at the end of most chapters that identifies other publications, websites, technical papers, etc, for additional reading if desired. The book also includes nine appendices to provide supplemental material. It’s also printed in all color on high quality, glossy stock and is contained within a heavy and attractive hardcover.

The book is $59 + $5 shipping (continental US only). Shipping is included in the price.