Metal Detectorists – What Does “Saving History” Mean to You?

 •  April 25

Author working on a Public Archaeology Project with Archaeologist Nicolas Laracuente. I've been a digger for over 30 years and am proud to...

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Calculating the Diameter of a Cannonball from a Fragment

 •  April 12

fig 1) Measure inside diameter of ball fragment to get PX. Sometimes it's hard to estimate the diameter of a cannonball with only a fragment, so...

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Lexington Metal Detectorist Discovers Evidence of Romans in Kentucky

 •  April 1

Roman Gold and Garnet disk- AD 200-400 was one of the first non-coin finds to be recovered. [EDIT: April 2, 2015:  This indeed was an April 1st...

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Civil War Musket Wipe Tool / Musket Worm Tool

 •  March 27

Click to zoom I wanted to show this amazingly great condition musket wipe, apparently lost in the chaos of a major artillery engagement.  These...

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Don’t Let Metal Detecting Rallies Impact Detectorist / Archaeologist Cooperation

 •  March 15

This post is an avocational detectorist's response to the thoughtful protest post by Craig Swain about DIV (Digging in Virginia) metal detecting...

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Metal Detecting Civil War Union Camp – Documenting Plowed Fields’ Role in War’s Waning Months

 •  December 30

With the holiday break, I've made a lot of progress on the exploratory survey of the Civil War Union campsite in NE Kentucky. It's been incredibly...

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Constructing a Narrative with My Metal Detector – a Kentucky Civil War Moment

 •  December 8

I have been doing research on a large property which contains known US Civil War action, and I'm starting to build a data set - venturing even to...

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Coca-Cola Lucky Watch Fob with Swastika c1925

 •  November 26

While detecting an old school house site in Central Kentucky, I found an object that I had researched before. I knew exactly what I had before I had...

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Spanish Silver Mystery – 1/2 Reale in Kentucky

 •  November 14

Not that common in Kentucky, but was thrilled to see this 1807 1/2 Reale Spanish Silver in the dirt this weekend.

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Navy Petty Officer Button… in Kentucky?

 •  August 31

Fun find near the location of a Union hospital in Central Kentucky was this Naval Petty Officer button from the union army.  I plan to offer it to...

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Recovered Great Grandma’s Heirloom Wedding Band

 •  August 30

Had another ring recovery today in Lexington for Leanne, who called me after seeing the article in the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Her son had been...

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Social Media and Archaeology – Presentation at MSU Digital Archaeology Event

 •  August 21

Excellent new presentation from Terry Brock (Montpelier Foundation) and Lynne Goldstein of MSU on use of Social Media by Archaeologists presented at...

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More History from Hatfield and McCoy on Diggers August 10th

 •  August 2

Kudos to National Geographic,  Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pikeville City Staff for again inviting George Wyant and...

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My Ring-Location Activity Featured in Lexington Herald-Leader

 •  July 19

I was flattered today to find this story about me helping people find lost rings.   The Herald Leader is Lexington's largest newspaper. More...

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Two-ring wedding band recovery for Dianna in Lexington

 •  June 3

Dianna emailed me about having her rings missing in the back yard - but that her 3-year-old had told her pretty much where they were lost.  "Behind...

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Col. Edward Yellman’s Dog Tags Returned To Him

 •  May 26

In 2012, I located Mr. Edward Yellman's dog tags laying side by side while metal detecting. I looked him up in an online database and then did some...

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Wedding Band Recovery – Repaying a Debt of Service to this Soldier

 •  May 10

Found a nice wedding band today for First Sergeant Fairchild of the 577th Sapper Co in a small park in Lexington.  He's served in the Army...

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Google Hangout on Metal Detecting Cooperation

 •  February 7

This Google Hangout video was produced by National Trust for Historic Preservation  was meant to correspond with their Winter 2015 edition of...

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Locating a Loaded Gun

 •  November 16

A farm manager contacted me regarding the loss of his pocket pistol while he was mowing at his farm.  Of course, their primary concern was the...

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Archaeological Partnership Program for Avocational Metal Detectorists

 •  August 15

Chris Espenshade, regional director of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group and I have been talking on and off about avocational detectorist...

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