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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

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

A Dedicated Detectorist Works w/Archaeologists to Preserve Blair Mountain

While my initial interest was on the cooperation element of metal detecting and archaeology professionals, there was more to it for me. I come from a coal mining family, and witnessed family members involvement in often violent labor struggles and prolonged, financially difficult labor strikes, so I was even more drawn into this story.

National Geographic “Diggers” in Kentucky

The popular National Geographic show “Diggers” visited Ashland this past Spring and I was unable to talk about it, but now that the episode’s been announced, I thought I’d provide some links and invite “KG” and “Ringy” to chime in on the discussion.   I am very hopeful to do more follow up detecting at

American Anthropological Association’s President on “Dig Wars” TV Show

Leith Mullings, president of the American Anthropological Association wrote a letter to Matt Sharp of Sharp Entertainment offering his feelings on the Dig Wars program on The Travel Channel: Dear Mr. Sharp: The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and its 12,000 members worldwide join other professional organizations and concerned communities in urging you to withdraw or modify