It was so cool to get featured in the magazine for the January 2017 issue. The team at Smiley Pete did a great job on this article. Somewhere west of Lexington on a wooded Kentucky hillside, Scott Clark sweeps his metal detector through the undergrowth in measured, graceful arcs, listening intently to the cacophony of
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
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
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
Now, string wrapped and stakes pulled, after a year of sweat, bee stings and poison ivy I will be presenting a paper at the next SHA with my friend and Archaeologist Brian Mabelitini on a significant new set of discoveries we’ve made related to the Civil War in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists are publishing "30 Days of Archaeology." One of my projects, the Goodnight Cemetery is one of the posts. Fascinating stuff - Enjoy!!!
I have been doing research on a large property which contains known US Civil War action, and I'm starting to build a data set - venturing even to construct several hypothesis about what happened there which I look forward to presenting to experts far more seasoned than I.
Scott Clark will be working with Dr. Kim Mcbride of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey to demonstrate archaeology and metal detecting methodology at historic homes. Don't miss it!
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
Ed: This was from 2015: Kudos to National Geographic, Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pikeville City Staff for again inviting George Wyant and Tim Saylor (“Diggers”) to metal detect for artifacts on that legendary property in Hardy, Kentucky. Dr. Kim McBride, of University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology lead the professional cooperation in