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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

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

Metal Detecting Business Cards (for my Hobby)

These are the business cards I give property owners for permission.  I’ve learned that the only time these make sense is AFTER I’ve asked the right person for permission.  Leaving them with a secretary or administrative assistant seems to go into a black hole.   What do you think? My original cards: One downside to