Research and Permission Archive
This Johnson School “Penny Lunch” token (aluminum) was OVER 13″ deep on private property on the North side of Lexington. It remains one of the deepest coins I’ve ever recovered. I estimate this to be from 1890-1900. The term “penny lunch” had been coined in the Northeast in the late 1800s and early 1900s as
When I hear detectorists talking about “Saving History” these days I can’t help but form the follow up questions in my head. Saving for whom? Saving from what? What do you think history is? Who will access what you’ve saved so that it’s useful? How will you ensure the “history” you’ve saved is available after
My friend and journalist Tom Eblen spent time to understand the hobby, arrange a new place and travel with me to document the search. I think he did a great job and am proud to share this article with you all. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! If you have property you’d like
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 while going barefoot in the grass. (Or detecting without gloves)
Thought I would share this as I prepare to join the Archaeological team at Montpelier in February 2013.
Time Travel with Your Smartphone. Bridging Old Maps and GPS Coordinates for an Augmented Reality Like Experience in the Field. A year or so ago, I became familiar with Maprika – and used it for a long mountain bike trail for which I only had a paper map. It kept me from getting lost!
I have been turned down several times by farm owners who cite liability concerns related to my presence on their property (and these were some amazing sites too!) While I always realize this may just be a way of avoiding saying “we just don’t want you here!” I do think that in some cases, providing
I’m a bit of an idealist. As is stands, all potentially historic public land in Kentucky is “off limits” to detecting. This includes well-documented areas in our State Parks system and areas that will never be excavated. When you ask archaeologists if these areas will ever be explored and often will tell you “probably
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
When we ask permission to access private property, what impacts whether people will say yes or no? We must understand the motivations and habits of information consumers. So I read a lot of research like this about how people behave. When it crossed my desk recently and I immediately thought about how it applies directly to