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An Often Indefensible Assertion: “We’re Saving History.”

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

A Dedicated Detectorist Works w/Archaeologists to Preserve Blair Mountain

While my initial interest was on the cooperation element of metal detecting and archaeology professionals, there was more to it for me. I come from a coal mining family, and witnessed family members involvement in often violent labor struggles and prolonged, financially difficult labor strikes, so I was even more drawn into this story.

Jack Jouett Distillery Project – Bourbon Archaeology in Kentucky

Last week I started on a brand new detecting/archaeology volunteering/partnership working with my friend, the “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente. Our new project is surveying and excavation of the Jack Jouett distillery in Kentucky.  (You can get involved in this project by visiting this page.) For the first visit, the task was to try to define the borders

Nailed It! Day 2 of Metal Detecting at Montpelier

After an enjoyable day working the front lawn at Montpelier on the first day, day two at Montpelier started out with a downpour.  It rained hard and we spent several hours in the archaeology lab hearing Dr. Reeves discuss metal detecting techniques (woodland grids) as well as a fascinating (yes, really!) presentation on dating a site with nails.