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Treasures from the Time Stream
The money in Geldersheim is not on the street, but it’s rather abundant in the fields. Lance Goolsby and his friends are searching for the treasures with metal Detectors.
Schweinfurt Main Post
Author: Uwe Eichler Published: 22. Oktober 2017
Translated from the original German: Original article in German is located HERE
The money in Geldersheim is not on the street, but it’s rather abundant in the fields. You just have to find it.
The sugar beets are harvested - the best opportunity for detectors Lance Goolsby, Bernd Rottmann and Ryan Joule to go down to the field with their metal detectors. Number four of the team, Daniel Ainsworth, is previously occupied that day.
On the road between the southern outskirts and the local landfill pile the harvested beets. Yet today the harvest of the three hobby treasure hunters is not quite as abundant. Even if the earth is perfectly suitable for "hunting", not too wet, not too hard. However, the high voltage line ensures a permanent interference signal in the XP Deus Metal Detector.
The magnetic field at the top of the metal detector reacts to metal parts in the ground. Above a furrow, there is a low hum. Lance Goolsby seems dissatisfied: "A Low tone like this one is iron. Like part of a plow, a tool or maybe a nail." A few meters further, the sounds are brighter: “That's the sound of brass.” Lance Goolsby digs with a spade. Into the light comes a frayed metal snippet.
"The Shrapnel of an Anti-Aircraft Flak Bomb," says the former US soldier. These are unwanted By Product of metal Detecting here. During the aerial battles of the last World War, the projectiles detonated in quantities in the sky above Schweinfurt. (Lances Note: Schweinfurt was the target of multiple Allied bombing raids, as it was (and is still) where a massive amount of Ballbearings are produced, which in WWII were used in the production of Tanks, Autos and aircraft. The allied believed stop the ballbearings, slow the production of war machines. There were 22 bombings including one bombing raid that is called Black Thursday, a info link is HERE)
GDA Member Bernd Rottmann has found something: a small disc with an old-fashioned 19 (or 61?) On it. A uniform button? Newcomer Ryan is less fortunate: His Bundeswehr detector, an entry-level model, finds nothing at first.
"Sometimes there is something on the hook, some days they Don’t bite"
"It's like fishing," says Lance, “sometimes something is on the hook, some days they don’t bite.”
As an infantryman Goolsby was stationed several years in Schweinfurt, on the Main. The veteran stayed so his wife, who is from Schweinfurt, so she could be close to her family. In the years as a GI, he has traveled a lot, witnessing the civil war atrocities in the Balkans and fighting in northern Iraq, a time that has left its own splinters.
The search for historical relics is a kind of therapy for the family man who works for an industrial supplier. In the field he is alone with the chirping, buzzing song of the detector. The best opportunity to clear your mind. He was inspired in 2013 by "Diggers", an American reality TV series in which hobby archaeologists are looking for remnants of the past.
The 46-year-old comes from Seattle, Washington U.S.A. He is fascinated with his home of Frankonia, where there have been settlements since the stone age. He literally wants to return the rich history of his adopted country to the locals, to the village museums, for example, when a find should be historically valuable. The material value is usually low: the time on the fields, the hunt, and the discovery, identification and the historical value is priceless.
“We are not grave robbers".” Lance Goolsby
"We are not Grave Robbers", emphasizes the recreational-digger, even though metal detectors have been mistakenly considered as such and there are black sheep in the scene. They stay away from mapped-out monuments, they detect thenly fields o with the permission of the farmer.
Processed fields are like reefs on the edge of the time stream: Where remnants sink into the depth, the earth is constantly being churned up and many pieces of metal are brought up near the surface by ploughs.
Internationally, Lance Goolsby is founder of "Global Detection Adventures", an association of metal detection enthusiasts, where you can put Youtube videos on the net or help identify the finds. "We could be a tool for archaeologists," says filmmaker Lance. The trio end up finding some coins from the 1930s, as well as an old shotgun shell of a hunter and then a wagon nail.
Bernd Rottmann discovered a penny from the German Empire, minted in the year 1906.
There is a great deal of small change in the fields: According to common theory, because in the past the waste of a village was disposed of as fertilizer in the fields, including cattle manure, the contents of the septic tanks, and everything else that was swept together. [Lances Note: meaning items that fell onto the streets, or into septic tanks would swept up and tossed onto the fields as fertilizer, to be found later by us metal detectors.]
The oldest small coin Goolsby found so far, [not from this day] dates back to 1535.
[todays finds include] Lead seals that hung on seed bags. Buttons with numbers refer to regimental uniforms, but were also used as a means of payment. An American machine gun bullet [from WWII]. A Posthorn badge [dated from 1860s-1919] is also among the finds, such as a dog tax tag from the German Empire, a ceramic beer cap of Schweinfurt Consumverein [ See Photo: which closed its doors in 1919], religious amulets or a filigree book fitting, probably from the Middle Ages. As well as a wax seal stamp with initials and a seal that shows Mercury, the god of commerce, with sword, hat and snake stick, next to an anchor symbol and the letters AP. Introducing a scene of everyday life to such tiny details is what makes Lance Goolsby so excited. Even if not every puzzle can be solved right away.
“These seals may be a brand buried in the field by merchants in purchasing of lands, or for some other mysterious reason. Likewise wars have left their mark on the land with musket balls, or Minie Ball bullets which is an aerodynamic lead bullet from the mid to late 1800’s. Or machine gun bullets and casings from the Americans that swept into the Geldersheim fields during the second world war.”
Once Lance had detected a rusty German Panzerfaust [Lances Note: a WWII German Anti-Tank explosive] and immediately informed the police: fortunately this time it was only a practice round. Otherwise, the metal detectors are also used elsewhere: "If someone misses their wedding ring or anything else, they can contact us," says Bernd Rottmann, “Lance Goolsby is our online presence.”
There's the little white plastic helmet in his car: a relic of the stormtroopers, from Star Wars. The field researcher is a "Star Wars" fan and cosplayer. He is occasionally on the road dressed as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.