So as some of you know I moved to Moldova 4 months ago. It has not been easy getting all the equipment needed (GPS, Detector, camping equipment etc etc) down here, if you send something with the value over 200 euro (including postage) you have to pay a 40 % tax! And most things can not be bought here, just take the fact that it's not possible to buy a shovel in this country, completely stunning.
Anyway last weekend I went on my first archeologic expedition and I would like to share the photos from it.
I was asking around and a Moldovan told me about a forest in central Moldova. The Iasi-Chisinau operation was deployed through this area so it made sense. There is a place in the forest called "Borta Rusului" [Russian Hole]: "Soviet Army marching through this forest, they got trapped in a natural hollow and went under the ground". This is an old "legend" or "story" and it would be interesting if I could find out if it's true or not.
Anyway two weeks ago me and my co-worker went out to do some scouting. The forest is located south of a village and we had to walk two kilometers of dirt road before arriving to the forest. The forest itself is on a hill and is 10 KM wide and 4 KM long. The highest point is 330 meters above water. Here is some pictures from our first trip there:
It looked promising so we decided to go back. We went for 3 days but did not have very much luck. On the second day we found our first casing, and spent a good two hour detecting around that area and came up with 14 more casings but nothing else. Unfortunaly the sun was starting to go down so we had to head back to base camp. It was raining heavy the rain after so we had to leave in the morning. I hope to go back there before the season ends to see if there is something else close to the place we found the casings. Here are the pictures from our trip:
And our finds:
I am a bit concerned that the reason why we did not find very much is my detector. Since it's my first one I decided to buy a cheap and easy detector. A garret 250 ACE. We did some field testing burying a small coin at 25-30 CM and the detector did not find the coin. I don't know if anyone else here has any experience with the Garret 150/250 detectors and can tell me what you think about them? They are not deep searching for sure, but I don't know how deep the relics would be. My guess is that they could get quite deep since it's a forest on a hill, when it rains the water goes down the hill and pushes everything deeper and deeper in the dirt. Just a theory..