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mr bippy 07-31-2006 05:14 PM

Ethical question
 
There is a cemetery nearby that dates to the early 19th century. On the same property, very close to the cemetery is a clearing where the church once stood. From what I hear it was burned down by Union forces once they occupied the area. There are no markings or cellar holes to indicate where exactly the structure stood so it would be a wide area to swing through. As many of you know, the thing with old cemeteries is that just because theres no marker that doesn't mean there isn't a grave there. Many folks couldn't afford stone so many used wood which rotted away, and some used no marker at all.

Question: Would you hunt this site?! :?:

mxtswinger 07-31-2006 06:41 PM

Re: Ethical question
 
I would hunt the church area and the perimeters of the cemetary. The footprint of the church may be discernable by stones from the foundation or the distribution of nails. If it was burnt, there will be a layer of ash where the building was.
My 2 cents

Good Huntin


Firewhiz 08-02-2006 10:59 PM

Re: Ethical question
 
Dittos what mxtswinger said.

Bri-

tater 08-03-2006 12:31 AM

Re: Ethical question
 
Im with mxt. That sounds like a good spot.

DirtDigger 08-03-2006 06:08 AM

Re: Ethical question
 
Yep I'd hunt the clearing but stay a bit away from the cemetery. Back in those days they didn't bury useing vaults, after awhile the coffin will rot and the grave site will sink in the ground about a foot deep by two feet wide and four feet long. If you see a spot like that I wouldn't dig.

DirtDigger

Cfmct 08-03-2006 08:13 AM

Re: Ethical question
 
We ave had conversations here before concerning hunting cemeteries or near them and the consensus was to stay away from cemeteries because each grave is private property and owned by someone. I see nothing wrong with hunting church property or where the church once stood.

Scavenger 08-03-2006 09:24 AM

Re: Ethical question
 
My approach to these type situations is to carefully choose the time of day and day of the week, and hunt for short periods of time. Just try to not call attention to yourself. Hey, if your're lucky they will think you're weedwacking.

mr bippy 08-03-2006 06:08 PM

Re: Ethical question
 
Lol at the weed wacking. I'm too fat to be a landscaper though. Ok I'm gonna try it. Great point as far as exposure is concerned. The site is on a fairly busy road so I'm going to need to keep a low profile. Heck I bet the place has been cleaned out anyway but I'm new and I need the experience. I'll post anything I find that's interesting. I hope I don't find a ring with a finger attached. Or don't I? :shock:

Firewhiz 08-04-2006 11:04 AM

Re: Ethical question
 
Fingers attached to rings. Icka Icka. :shock:

Bri-

grinsebring 08-04-2006 02:29 PM

Re: Ethical question
 
Yo Bip, Seems to me if Union forces were in that vicinity They must have had an encampment near by. Should be enough fertile detecting spots
in the area to allow for a wide berth of the cemetary area. Some folks can get mighty upset if they see you digging anywhere near the grave yard. If you can't help yourself, wear camo............ :roll:....Gil


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