Finding old home sites in the woods is a good source for relics and old coins. You should do your rainy day research using Historic Aerials and Google Earth. Mark your home site GPS locations and plan your trip and hike before you go trekking through the woods with your gear. If possible plan your hunt after a good soaking rain. This will give you a few inches of extra detecting depth. It is a good idea to take your larger stock coil, but in your back pack also have your 5 x 8″ or other small coil. Sometimes you will encounter a lot of overgrowth of trees and vines right in the area of the home site where you want to search. In that case it is time to switch to your smaller coil. You should have a good stainless steel digging tool like a Lesche Pro Series or Ground Shark. You will often be digging among roots and rocks.
On your hike to the home sites keep an eye out for home site markers. This is because you can stumble on other old home sites that you may have missed with your research on the way to your target home site.
These are fence posts, old farm equipment, beds of flowers especially daffodils. Cedar trees and yucca plants that stand out among all of the deciduous trees. These are often planted, not natural to the area. Look for foundation rocks that are often laid out in a square or 2 or 3 of them in a row. Most home sites are located near water, most often a creek with clear running water. When you find old sawed or square wood that is often a sign of human habitation. Locating squared nails is a good sign as with other relics like belt and harness buckles. Always eyes peeled for signs of a bottle dump. Old embossed bottles can often be more valuable than silver coins. Unbroken bottles really don’t deteriorate. Old coins found buried especially copper ones are often corroded to the point they are not valuable to the coin collector. Silver coins fare much better when lost in the dirt for 40 – 50 years.
Once you locate your home site, you should do a slow and careful search of the area. If you find relics and no coins you may just save this home site for another day. Some times old home sites in the woods are either hunted, or maybe were homes of people who did not have a lot of coins or was very careful with them and were not in the habit of losing them. Also keep in mind that deep coins will give you an iffy numbers on your VDI and rarely give you a solid coin tone. The minerals in the soil and junk will rarely give you a clean tone on a coin like in your air tests.
In this video there are almost all of the indicators that I described, but the guy did not find any coins. This can happen, but remember he did have fun and got a lot of exercise out in the beautiful outdoors without paying a gym membership fee.