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  1. Mr. Burrel,

    I tried posting to your thread, but I could not get it to post.

    Let me try to post it here.

    Here goes,

    Mr. Burrel,

    Archaeology is done by slowly peeling the ground layer by layer. That is called stratigraphy.

    The reason for that laborious approach is to determine dating of the finds. For example, newer things (artifacts), are found above older ones.

    Also, things found at the same layer probably were used together. (in other words, context).

    That is the reason why looted things lose most of their historical (archaeological), value. Their origin is no longer knowable nor where they came from.

    Looting or potholing  reduces the reduces the artifact value to that of curious collectables.

    I suggest that you show the pictures to an historian, before continuing.

    Frosty is right. The odds are very good that a tunnel collapse will kill you. Especially if you are doing it alone.

    The Confederate States of America had some sources for getting saltpeter. (= potassium chlorate = KClO4). One of their major mining place was at a site under right under the noses of the Union Army!

    The North had few "native" sources for salt peter. They bought their saltpeter form the British. It came, primarily, from British India. The union blockade stopped the South from obtaining it from that source.

    This article has details of Confederate mining efforts during the Civil War.


    For more historical trivia and a gripping  yarn consult Wiki & the Slidell incident.

    ALSO, be very careful exploring and fossicking in tunnels or old workings, (especially old mines). There may be a buildup of carbon dioxide (choke damp), or even methane (firedamp). People have died breathing the former or been injured or killed due to explosions. Coal dust is also very explosive too, but I doubt that it is a coal pit. A mining safety lamp or CO2/CO gas detector is advisable.

    One more red herring brought to you by,


    Hurrah it worked!

    Persistence pays off.



  2. Splendid,

    "Spring's Promise",

    Excellent choice

    I would never contradict my spouse, either.

    Sheer folly!

    My brother in law once told me, in strict confidence, that her other name is/was "SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED".

    He was NOT joking!


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