Somewhere in Jessamine County, Kentucky, there lies a Garrett Pinpointer. Lost in 2012, it is surely ruined now by snow, rain and ice. And perhaps was eaten or smashed by a cow. Or something. At $120 a pop, these things are not cheap – and losing something like this can disrupt our precious detecting time.
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
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.
Excellent new presentation from Terry Brock (Montpelier Foundation) and Lynne Goldstein of MSU on use of Social Media by Archaeologists presented at the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice at MSU August 17-22, 2015. Social Media and Archaeology: Where Does it Fit and Why Should We Participate? from Terry Brock
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)
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
Found, at an early 1800s site, a Grand Army of the Republic Button. It’s in poor condition and thus shows how mportant it is to get these artifacts out of the ground. At least this was rescued before it dissolved completely. “The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866 by Benjamin F. Stephe nson
Sunburn – when will I remember to put sunscreen on my neck? Dehydration – drink lots of water when you’re out. A cooler is a great idea and they’re cheap. Tendonitis– detecting uses a lot of muscles – my Achilles tendon is strained now. Stretching is a great idea, as is rotating your swing, changing how
I’m a fan of the of hunt videos that you’ll find on youtube. It’s enough to make the average Joe run out and get a new detector! And yesterday I learned that there will be a National Geographic TV show called “Diggers” about metal detecting that will air in a few weeks. I then saw
“Freestyling” your way to great hunting spots in the countryside. It’s amazing how many great places you can hunt just by plugging in some small towns in your GPS and hitting the road. A bit of planning will make it more successful. My “yes” percentage is quite high at non-manicured homes in rural settings. I