Gold Ring Recovery from a Horse Paddock Makes for One Happy Farm Hand

Thanks to my high rank in Google for "metal detector rental in KY", I got a call from a farm owner saying that Miguel, a new farm hand on his second day of work, had ...

National Geographic “Diggers” in Kentucky

The popular National Geographic show "Diggers" visited Ashland this past Spring and I was unable to talk about it, but now that the episode's been announced, I thought I'd provide some links and invite "KG" ...

American Anthropological Association’s President on “Dig Wars” TV Show

Leith Mullings, president of the American Anthropological Association wrote a letter to Matt Sharp of Sharp Entertainment offering his feelings on the Dig Wars program on The Travel Channel: Dear Mr. Sharp: The American Anthropological Association ...

Metal Detecting Business Cards (for my Hobby)

These are the business cards I give property owners for permission.  I've learned that the only time these make sense is AFTER I've asked the right person for permission.  Leaving them with a secretary or ...

Best Metal Detecting Belt Solution – Cobra Buckle

When detecting, we tend to carry a lot of items on a belt, including a finds bag, pinpointer, digger and often other things.  Most belts have cheap buckles that are a pain in the butt ...

Kentucky-fried Metal Detectorist or… WTF are you doing detecting in 103F heat?

Did some freestyling today and ended up at a 1853 farmhouse with a wonderful set of owners. Funny I always start out unsure about freestyling but seem to always land in a good spot ...

Preparing for a Week of Work at James Madison’s Montpelier

Today I'm cleaning and gathering up my stuff for a trip from Lexington to the Montpelier estate in Virginia to participate in the Montpelier Archaeological Certification Program being conducted via a partnership between Montpelier and ...

Co-Authored Post Featuring Detectorist and Archaeology Cooperation – Today on SHA.org

I co-authored a blog post at Society for Historical Archaeology's blog with Dr. Matt Reeves of Montpelier.  I hope you'll check it out.  I was humbled to be asked and proud to be a part ...

One good reason you should let detectorists hunt your historic yard.

This is the type of thing that detectorists can rid from your lawn if you give them permission.   This blade was just below grass level.  It would ruin your day if you found it ...

Time Travel – Found Badge Narrowed to 3 Civil War Soldiers in Photograph

I thought this was just so cool.  At Digging in Virginia, a detectorist named Mike Staso dug this amazingly cool 1st US Cavalry ID Tag belonging to a soldier "John Saville, Co. K, 1st US Cav" ...