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For the more adventurous collector there are still artifacts to be found around old mining sites, the more remote the better.
Just remember that these sites are dangerous due to possible open shafts and decaying structures.
For the non-adventurous collector there are flea markets, antique shops, antique shows, auctions, and yard sales.
For armchair bound collectors, who prefer to stay within the comforts of their own home, there is internet buying.
Actually mining dates back much further than most of us realize, pre-historic man mined flint nodules from clay deposits using picks made from deer antlers.
The remains of these earliest mining operations have been found and studied by modern archeologists.
Collectors can decide to concentrate on a single item like carbide cap lamps or broaden their scope of interest to include more than one type of mine lighting.
Some collectors concentrate their collecting on a single mine or mining company, a single mining town, mining district, mining region or mining state.
Where possible seek permission to enter the site and leave it like you found it, don't litter, deface or destroy anything at the site.
Collections are something that should be shared with others, not hidden away where no one else can see and appreciate them.
Lastly, I enjoy the hunt for new artifacts to add to my collection, Mining artifacts can be found in a host of places.
Mining artifacts are a great complementary addition to any mineral collection.
Without mining most mineral specimens would not have been available to collectors, so the tie between mineral collections and mining artifact collectors is strong.