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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

Porcelain Beer top, a surface find by lance, which dates from 1816-1919, when the company permanently closed its doors.

Porcelain Beer top, a surface find by lance, which dates from 1816-1919, when the company permanently closed its doors.

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.

From Left: Bernd “Benschi” Rottmann, Lance Goolsby, Ryan “GDA Ryan” Joule

From Left: Bernd “Benschi” Rottmann, Lance Goolsby, Ryan “GDA Ryan” Joule

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.

Lance with a small Silver Coin from 1809

Lance with a small Silver Coin from 1809

"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.

German Empire Dog Tax Tag from 1903

German Empire Dog Tax Tag from 1903

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.

American .50 Cal Machine gun Bullet from WWII

American .50 Cal Machine gun Bullet from WWII

[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.

Wax seal Stamp dating from 1700s to 1800s found By Lance. With Mercury, the snake staff and a ships anchor. Most Likely a Merchants Stamp.

Wax seal Stamp dating from 1700s to 1800s found By Lance. With Mercury, the snake staff and a ships anchor. Most Likely a Merchants Stamp.

“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.


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Special 1: Digging with Horse Power. What do you do when you find a car buried in the back yard? What if it was a rare 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS? This is exactly what happened back in 1978. Here is a brief of the story, to watch a full video over the subject watch the Jalopnik video.

Be sure to join our new forum, it is free! Our first theme episode of Global Detection Adventures. This week, we meet four new guests from all corners of the globe. Watch as a record number of silver coins are pulled from the ground and a purse in: U.S.A Sweden and Australia.

Before you throw away what you think is trash when detecting in Europe, double check your finds. Here is the true story of Global Detection Adventures member DetectorStu, who thought he has found an animals ear tag. Be sure to join the Global Detection Adventures forum, for news, reviews, videos, assistance, local laws, and much more.

Be sure to visit: This episode we uncover a Battlefield in Eastern Austria, then we travel to Australia where GDA'S very own Pommy-Down-Under may have uncovered the remnants of a theft.

visit our website: and our forum This episode we have 2 very special guests, Digger Dawn and Twig the Dig (Link to their very own and funny YouTube channel Below) take us on a trip to discover her very first discovery of gold, and its aftermath.

be sure to comment, like and share. Thanks. Come Join our forum: Share, post finds, get answers, tips, tricks or become a member of GDA. Help us snuff out illegal metal detecting. Read more at: THis episode we have a very special guest: PondGuru Outdoors and DugMoney Detecting known from the Youtube series American Ghost Town Hunters.

My quickly filmed and edited review of the MFH Hip Pouch. Official Pouch of Global Detection Adventures. Visit MFH at: Please comment and rate!!!

Episode VI of Global Detection Adventures: Comedy, Soldiers and Crotal Bells. We travel from Australia, to Sweden and then England to visit some more of the best metal detectors in the world. This episode: Digging Australia Finds a lead soldier, some coins and more... Proudly Sponsored by Tesoro Metal detectors and MFH Equipment. Maker of GDA's Official finds and equipment Pouches. Lance, Co-Founder of Global Detecting Adventures, takes us into Episode VII, in The Field. He tests out the Tesoro Cibola, showing proper settings for the best detecting in a field, and some great finds.

Lance is the creator of the youtube series, Global Detection Adventures. He is definitely allot better suited behind the camera. Here is why. He will be returning in more videos in the future. Be sure to visit the website and

Executive Producer: Rutus Metal Detectors

Chief Of Quality production: Robert Hope

Executive in charge of shower audio management: Laura Higgins

Producer of keeping the twins in order: Luke Higgins

Producer of beer and pub audio content control: Dave Sadler

Wine Quality Control and Testing Producer: Siren Kimmie

Producer of rooting for a “Cheesy” football team: David DiNatale

Quality Content Control: Digger Cow

Producer of all Roman Finds From Wales: Kimmie Dubay

Producer of Jealousy from Kimmies Roman Finds: Scott Dubay

Producer of Drop Bear Wrangling and Taming: XLII

And Lances True Love, His Wonderful and loving wife: Antje

Donators to GDA Producers I cant thank enough

Robert Hope

Rutus Metal Detectors

XLII and wife “K”