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We Won One of Kentucky’s Top History Awards!

Brian Mabelitini and I were honored last night by the Kentucky Historical Society by the receipt of the Brigadier Gen. William R. Buster award for military history – specifically our metal detecting archaeology project and paper about discoveries near the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. I’m so appreciative of the nomination by park manager Joni House and support by

Rare Winchester (Kentucky) City Railway Company Token

Winchester Railway 1-Fare Token…..Sometimes a small artifact found in an old house really gives us a rare connection to local history. This very rare brass Winchester City Railway Company token (~1890) offered one fare. Found in Georgetown, KY before construction was about to destroy it. The “Winchester Railway, Light and Ice Company” sold it to

Lexington Metal Detectorist Discovers Evidence of Romans in Kentucky

“It sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, but Scott Clark, a metal detector enthusiast from Lexington KY has found a series of artifacts that have prominent Archaeologists converging on a farm field in Central Kentucky this week.  Clark has spent weekends detecting in the undisclosed location locating and documenting Civil War activity in a

Coca-Cola Lucky Watch Fob with Swastika c1925

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 even cleared off the dirt. This 1925 watch fob was issued by the Coca Cola company as a part of a promotion.

Navy Petty Officer Button… in Kentucky?

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 the property owner after cleaning. Found with Deus XP at 6″ – running 12khz with relic mode in the iron… two square nails in the hole with

Col. Edward Yellman’s Dog Tags Returned To Him

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 sleuthing through real estate transactions, obituaries and so forth to locate him, including a mailing address.  I wrote a short note and included his tags – I

A Day at the Inn – Detecting the Site of a Stagecoach Inn in KY

This was the first hunt at a site that was supposedly a stagecoach inn between 1790 and 1850 in South-Central Kentucky.  It was well positioned between the Kentucky river and more populated areas along a now-defunct route for wagons and stagecoaches.   The owners were wonderful folks, offering me generous access and incredible hospitality.  I