Metal Detecting Journal Archive

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 Minelab Americas.  This program is being run by Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and team. I will be posting (as wi-fi allows,)

Metal Detecting Community on Google+ Is Live – and it’s cool!

Google rolled out their answer to Facebook Groups yesterday, it’s called Google Community.  It’s full of the slick, modern and mobile friendly features that Google+ has.  I think it will be a big improvement, especially for those using smartphones. Most metal detecting forums are created with 10-year-old software and are a bit clunky.  This system

Excellent Article on Detectorist/Archaeology Cooperation on Battlefields

Some Facebook friends shared with me an excellent article. “….Although portable metal detectors have been used recreationally since the development of the equipment in the mid-1940s, little common ground had been established between archaeologists and metal detecting hobbyists. It would have likely continued this way if not for a wildfire in 1984 that consumed the tall grass covering the

Tips and Small Talk Lead to New Civil War Era Site

I headed out on Sunday to catch the minister of a small country church to ask permission to hunt (it was granted.)  I met several people from the church, all of them, including the minister were nicer than nice.  Before I knew it, he was telling me of an old African-American church location near his

Odd Finds…. It’s So Hot in KY that the Mercury Dimes are Swelling Up!

During a short hour-long hunt in my recently discovered Mercury dime hotspot in Lexington (so far 12 removed from a 100′ x 100′ area) I pulled something interesting. My detector signaled a strange sort of mixed, confused reading.  After retrieving, at first, it looked like a swollen Mercury dime.  Later I discovered it had a