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Metal Detectorists – What Does “Saving History” Mean to You?

I’ve been a digger for over 30 years and am proud to consider many of you friends I’d be privileged to metal detect with.  I’m not “in the pocket” of the Archaeologists, but I have learned a lot about it in the past 5 years or so and find myself in between two sets of beliefs

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.

Social Media and Archaeology – Presentation at MSU Digital Archaeology Event

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 Here’s the video stream, but

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

Detecting.US changes for 2013 – Advocacy, Research and Advancing our Hobby

This site will be focusing its mission in 2013.  I will be reducing the “hobby blog” material and increasing the advocacy and research side of things. The overall mission of the blog is to curate/host conversations related to advancing our hobby by increased credibility and dialogue.  I will be reducing my regional focus on Kentucky.