Introduction Metal Detecting Hohenlinden (1/7)
One of my metal detecting sites is the battlefield of Hohenlinden. Near this village in southern Germany the French and the Austrian/Bavarian armies met on December 3, 1800. In total, more than 100.000 soldiers were involved.
The area is quite large (10 km x 10 km / 6 miles x 6 miles) with both forests and fields so it provides enough ground for a lifetime of detecting - and enough finds for several stories.
The battlefield is well known to detectorists and has been hit hard over the years. Large areas are virtually free of metal parts. I spent countless days searching barren areas and came home empty handed.
Recently, however, I found a small (150 m x 80 m/ 165 yards x 88 yards) wooded area which provided finds of various periods. In confined space this area was not just an assembly of trees but a sort of archive of 200, maybe even 2000 years of human activity both civil and military. I hope that some of my finds might be interesting to other hobbyists. So here is my report.
(C) Thorsten Straub www.metal-detecting.de 2006-2011.