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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

6 Silver Day at 1835 House

I decided to hit a local town and do some freestyling.  I drove around a bit in a historic area and ended up seeing a place with a beautiful big yard, dating from around 1830-1840.  I built up the nerve and knocked on the door.  The owner couldn’t be any nicer.  He had bought the

Tips and Small Talk Lead to New Civil War Era Site

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

Why I Always Ask Metal Detecting Permission in Person

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

Who’s to blame for continued metal detecting bans on public lands?

As the independent detector shop dwindles in the era of e-commerce, we have lost a critical link in the education of hobbyists on the ethical use of detectors.  They used to be the front-line:  Getting permission, filling holes, writing your congressman… these were all responsibilities of our hobby – and you were taught in many