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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

Recovered Great Grandma’s Heirloom Wedding Band

Had another ring recovery today in Lexington for Leanne, who called me after seeing the article in the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Her son had been playing with the ring (“Lord of the Rings” play, apparently) and lost the ring in their front yard.  All’s good now, because I was successful in recovering it for them today.

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.

Two-ring wedding band recovery for Dianna in Lexington

Dianna emailed me about having her rings missing in the back yard – but that her 3-year-old had told her pretty much where they were lost.  “Behind the tree” she said.  So that’s where I started looking.  Running with my ring program on the Minelab E-trac, I turned the sensitivity down and low tones up.  “Can slaw”

Col. Edward Yellman’s Dog Tags Returned To Him

In 2012, I located Mr. Edward Yellman’s dog tags laying side by side while metal detecting. I looked him up in an online database and then did some sleuthing through real estate transactions, obituaries and so forth to locate him, including a mailing address.  I wrote a short note and included his tags – I

National Trust for Historic Preservation Google Hangout on Metal Detecting Cooperation

(if the above video won’t play, please use this link   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3mej_9tSp8) This Google Hangout video was produced by National Trust for Historic Preservation  was meant to correspond with their Winter 2015 edition of Preservation Magazine (linked at bottom.) – We discussed cooperation with metal detectorists and Archaeologists in a very informative video conference. During this hangout,

Locating a Loaded Gun

A farm manager contacted me regarding the loss of his pocket pistol while he was mowing at his farm.  Of course, their primary concern was the safety of any kids who might find the gun – it was small and could be mistaken for a toy.  Recent rains would likely render the shells useless, but

Archaeological Partnership Program for Avocational Metal Detectorists

Chris Espenshade, regional director of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group and I have been talking on and off about avocational detectorist partnerships with archaeologists since last year, and today he emailed me to let me know of a new program being held in Chicago on September 13-14 of this year at McFedridge Park (California/Irving Park) 3843 N