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Tortuga last won the day on December 16 2017

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  1. Did he nuke all the quartz off it with acid?
  2. Wow nice one. Just need to line up the sun and shadows and orbit of the moon in Google Earth to try and figure out where its from!
  3. Lots of cobble in that hole too, doesn't look like virgin, hardpack clay. Might have been dug in some old diggings. Kinda looks like the ground was churned up before.
  4. Hmm the grass looks like Gville but the dirt doesn't....
  5. Tortuga

    Black Hills beauty!!!

    Where's it uncommon to find 1/4 ouncers?? Got GPS coordinates?
  6. Damn that's some nice gold.
  7. One thing I've read is that the concentric circles are a calendar. Each time the family or tribe migrated to that area they add a ring to the carving. The ancient indians in this region where nomadic, they'd typically have lands they'd populate in the summer and in the winter. So the circles might be four different seasons or years that occurred when those people passed through that area. I've read that large spiral rings which I've found out in the desert are supposed to be an indication of water but that doesn't appear to be what that is. As far as the other symbols your guess is as best as mine. I don't think everything that was carved in stone was necessarily profound or had some deep meaning about their gods or something. Sometimes it may have just been doodle while they were bored watching their mother grind mesquite beans. Granted its no small feat carving into rock and it must have taken a lot of work but without a written language it may have just been ancient man saying "I'm here".
  8. Those are some big chunks. Wonder whats up with the "mascot" thing in the pics
  9. You da man Luke. Great shooting. A good VLF with iron discrimination could open up so many gold fields. I've been tempted many, many times to pick up another VLF just so I can wade through a couple piles of iron trash I know about in some good gold-bearing country.
  10. Nice. Didn't know the nuggets grew that big in that neck of the woods!
  11. Tortuga

    Now that is brushy!

    Yeah that looks pretty bad. Atleast here in Arizona you can cut the brush down or break branches and stuff off. That manzanita would require a chainsaw.
  12. Wow that's a nice looking piece of gold!
  13. He probably knew he was on to something good and dug the last few inches out by hand. That's what I do to keep from whacking anything with the pick. They sure got funky looking gold out there in Australia sometimes but that's a really nice score.
  14. Tortuga

    A Stunning Nugget!

    Amazing to see there's big ones still left out there.