LATEST NEWS ENTRIES, APRIL 2013 THRU MAY 2013

May 31, 2013

ELLIS METAL DETECTING

I wanted to make you all aware of a unique, and very well done, website.... ELLIS METAL DETECTING. It belongs to my friend Mark Ellis, from Toronto, Canada, and I hope you will add it your favorites...

I could take time here to explain it to you, but once you click on it you will understand why I like it and why it's different.

Be sure to check out the online article about Mark at the bottom of the first page. Mark is also a member of the Ring Finders metal detecting service, and the only one in Toronto.

WHAT'S YOUR HANDLE?

Apparently from the responses I received about my participation in forums (or lack thereof), I am not alone. I was also amazed at how many comments I received (both here and on a few FORUMS) about the "off beat" names I might use in the future. "Needabeer" seemed to be the most popular!

If you have a whacky or crazy forum name, let me know what it is and why you chose it. I am still looking at changing mine, and have added a few more to the list. So far I have Needabeer, Damihurt, Screwthenickel, Ringmyass, Down4nuttin, Cantgetup, Imsosore, Disnofun, and Leavemelie. Also possibilities....Pulltabpissed, Betterbegood, 2old4dis, Kissmycoil, Whereditgo and Imwornout. Stay tuned....

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A NEW BARFORD BUTTON!

I check Paul Barford's (a.k.a., Warsaw Wally) frequently just to see what crises we "tekkies" have created in his life, and to get a laugh or two when I am having a bad day. As a result I decided to add a link to my desktop so I could get to Wally's site a little faster. Feel free to use it if you like, and Wally, you can too.

Click for instant laughs!
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MORE FROM EDDY CURRENT

2000 Year Old Computer Used by Greeks

King Richard III Buried in Hasty Grave

Metal Detectors Dig Up History

Viking Hoard Would Cost Lancashire £109k

Mystery Pipe Washes Up

Nugget Replica to be Auctioned

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May 29, 2013

FORUMS, FORUMS AND MORE FORUMS

Pretty sure by now you know I am not a big fan of forums. Hard to give you an exact reason why, but I think part of it has to do with me just getting older. Those that frequent these sites are much younger, certainly out in the field more, and even have the wherewithal to make a movie at the same time.

At this stage most of my better finds are a silver dime or quarter here and there, and usually not old enough to boast about, or for a "show and tell" session anywhere. I do look at what others are finding, and I am often very impressed.

I also get requests to join forums, and I suspect the reason is that the more participants, the more visitors, the better the chances of getting an advertiser or two. Nothing wrong with that, but I'd like to think it was because they liked me or because I might have something worthwhile to offer. Oh well....

I have also been thrown off forums. Banned, exiled, purged, sent to never-never land. This usually happened after I questioned the accuracy of a post, or a forum's obvious bias (and it's okay to be biased....just say so up front). I later found out that a lot of respected detectorists were thrown off the very same forums as well, and it was actually an honor to be included in the group.

Don't get me wrong. I like detecting forums, and try to visit a few each day. I just find it hard to insert myself into a cliquish club of hunters with names like Fatkook, Park Pirate (man that scares me), Smokedaddy, Nickelhead, Scumbag and Snarkie. Then again maybe I need to come up with something equally clever and catchy. You know, something like Cantgetup, Gottagobad, Needabeer, Screwthenickel or Damnihurt? I'll let you know if I come up with something....

Now, if you are a dedicated forum fanatic, my name is usually Barnum (he's my dog...easy name to remember). If you see me post anything at all, it's probably just an update to my blog or website. You surely won't find me posting videos (I can see it now....me on the ground, unable to get up, with a camera on my head recording it all), pictures of finds, or talking about my new detector (can't afford one).

Don't worry though... I will continue to check in and see what you all are finding (and filming). It inspires me and it's great theater!

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RECENT ARTICLES...

Medieval Seal Returns to Town

The Loss of the 1715 Treasure Fleet

Civil War Camp Gives Up Hundreds of Artifacts

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MY USER FRIENDLY LESCHE DIGGER

I found another use for my Lesche digger this past week. I push it into the ground, put my left hand on top, and push myself up into a standing position. Still takes some effort but it's a help.....shortens the distance somewhat. Never thought I would face the day when getting up off the ground would be an acquired skill (okay, there were a few Saturday nights, but that was a long time ago and under different circumstances).

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FRIENDLY REMINDER TO TASK FORCE...

Last update to your website was over a month ago....can you just say something, anything, to let folks know you are still alive and active?

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May 27, 2013

ON THE PROWL AGAIN...

Well Warsaw Wally is once again on the prowl. He's been in hot pursuit of one Brandon Neice, detectorist from Idaho. Why? Because Brandon made the mistake of commenting on his blog. I do not know Brandon, but I would highly recommend he not waste his time again, nor follow up with another response. It's merely pissing in the wind, and that's much to good for Wally.

You will never win responding to any of his posts because (1) he can accept, edit or reject your comment, and (2) he will spend hours searching for anything and everything he can find to demean you (note his most recent post).

Wally spends hours searching treasure hunting websites,forums and blogs, and will pick and choose whatever suits his needs. He is likewise a master when it comes to insults, and wets his pants each time he can hurl one (note the "out of the blue" mention of Lisa MacIntyre again).

Then again Wally has no friends, with the exception of his bunk mate, Nigel Swift (another wannabe treasure hunter). He claims to have a family, although I seriously doubt it (who in their their right mind would want to live with this yahoo, and if he had kids they would most certainly run away and join the circus). I really think Wally is a man without a country.

Okay, enough said. I am sure that Wally is wetting his pants over my comments and the links to his blog, but what the hell, you have to throw a bone to the dogs every once in a while...

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A GOOD FRIEND AND TREASURE HUNTER HAS LEFT US

WILLIAMS, CHARLES E, “Chuck”, 73, of Belleville, passed on May 22, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chuck graduated from Wayne State University and earned two Master Degrees. He worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Company for more than 30 years. He was one of the pioneers in making the seat belt available in cars. Chuck had a passion for many things.

He enjoyed metal detecting and was Vice President of Michigan Treasure Hunters Club. He was part of the Community Emergency Response Team program and volunteered at Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue. Memorial Service with be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11:30 AM, gathering from 10:00 AM at Higgerson & Neal Funeral Home, 209 Main St, Belleville, 734-697-9400. Memorial tributes to Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, MI 48111. Share a memory at hnfhome.com

I have known Chuck for sometime and he will be missed. My condolences to Chuck's family and friends. RIP Chuck and good hunting....

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May 25, 2013

REMEMBERING THE MEANING OF THIS WEEKEND....

This weekend we will be remembering all the brave men and women who gave their lives so we could live free in the greatest country in the world. Thanks to them you will be enjoying that cookout, family get-together, parade, fireworks, whatever... They will not.... Let's not get caught up in all the festivities that we forget the real meaning of Memorial Day.

I lost a couple of very good friends in the Viet Nam conflict, and I can still see their faces and their smiles......
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NEWS ITEMS AND ARTICLES

Thanks to Lisa Hume MacIntyre for the following.... Anyone up for an Archaeology course?

Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets

Thanks to Eddy Current for the following...

How's That For Some Change

Evidence of Roman Road in Wales

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THE "STEP UP AND CLEAN UP" EFFORT

Let me remind you again about this challenge, and refer you to my posts of May 1st and 3rd. Your club could win a Coinmaster detector, compliments of White's Electronics. All you have to do is help out your local community, and promote your club in the process. How? Simply by adopting a park or a stretch of highway and/or shoreline to clean up on a regular basis.

The guidelines....

Send a newspaper clipping or email a link to a television blurb about your club's "Step Up and Clean Up" program. It must tell about or show your club actually at work, cleaning up your adopted area, and it must be dated after May 5th 2013. Send it to....

"Step Up and Clean Up", White's Electronics, Inc., 1011 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.
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THE BLOG SITE

Just another reminder that I also have a blog site, where you can respond when something is of interest to you. You can do that by clicking on the photo below......

Don't be afraid to share your thoughts, or tell me off when I have something that annoys you. You are always welcome to jump on John Howland there too. That's what a blog is all about, and if you check out some of the replies, I do get taken to task every now and then.

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May 24, 2013

BEST DAY EVER VIDEO

If you go back to my post of April 23rd, I shared Dave Wise's "best ever" day.....five George Washington Inaugural Buttons. I ended it by saying I hoped Todd Hiltz had taped it. Well he did, and I just came across it on Facebook. It's 13 minutes long, and fun to watch. Enjoy and thanks Dave and Todd.


For the record these two guys still piss me off...
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THE JOY OF LIVING IN THE STICKS!

I got homesick watching the above video in that I used to live "in the sticks" when I lived in New Jersey. We had two and a half acres, a brook, a pond, no visible neighbors, and wooded areas all around. All we had to do was walk outback, up or down the road a few yards, and we were "in the sticks".

When we moved there we explored the area. We found overgrown and forgotten roads, old foundations and most important we found nature at it's finest, offering a variety of wildlife, as well as peace and solitude. Today we think about all that we had, and regret the day we left it behind. I could go on, but it would just sound like sour grapes....suffice to say it was all my fault.

Ah, the good ole days

Detecting an old foundation, deep in the woods (or "sticks" if you choose) was and is treasure hunting as it should be. Did I dig trash? Yep, but I didn't dig pulltabs, and I didn't have to look over my shoulder. I found relics....most of which I knew nothing about and I found old coins. Large cents, indian heads, Seated and Barber coins and an occasional piece of jewelry.

Fast forward to today....I live in a Dallas suburb, and while I know there are wooded areas somewhere around here, I have yet to find one that looks like home (as in New Jersey). Yeah, I know, this is turning into one of those homesick, good ole days, piss and moan stories again, but it's what happens when you have one too many glasses of red.

I guess I could blame this all on Dave Wise or Todd Hiltz, but that wouldn't be fair. Or would it? While watching their video I saw what used to be, and I got homesick. I must remember to never watch anymore of their videos (just kidding....looking forward to the next already)

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6000DI UPDATE

Drove to my yet to be announced site today, and got wetted out. We had torrential rains on Tuesday (but thankfully no tornados) and the creek that runs through the area had apparently flooded. Decided to give it a couple of days and came home. Stay tuned...

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RECENT NEWS

Thanks to Eddy Current for the following article....

Rare Civil War Coin

Thanks to Regton, Ltd. for this news.

Rare Ring Found in Field

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MOVIN' ON UP!

Was just thinking about Chicago Ron's forthcoming show "Dig Wars" and whether or not it would be good TV, and realized that in the early days something like this was totally unheard of. Would have been nice (I think?) but it was not even a blip on the radar then. How far we've come, and just how far will we go? Hoping I can be around to see some of it.....

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May 22, 2013

THE "REAL TREASURE"....RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

Given the events of recent days I wanted to remind you all that while metal detecting is a terrific pastime, and finding coins, gold jewelry or relics are what we lust after, the real treasures are right under our nose, and can be taken away in mere seconds. All one has to do is visit Moore, Oklahoma. One moment all was well with the world, and a minute or two later everything they owned was gone. Heartbreaking.

Working as Director of Marketiing
From Moore, Oklahoma. Click on photo to read sign....

John Howland and I both offer our sincere condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy, as well as our wishes for a speedy recovery.....

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JOHN HOWLAND & CELTIC TORQUES, THE CBA & PAUL BARFORD

Yep! All of those and more. What would a post from Bubba be without a mention of his pal Paul Barford, or as he's more commonly known now, Warsaw Wally! His "No Wonder He Hides" blurb is sure to raise Mr. Barford's hackles, but then who really cares? One can count the number of comments on his blog with one hand, indicating that even his "Warsaw Wally Fan Club" could care less. So if you are up to a chuckle or two, check out John's latest update HERE.

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OLD FRIENDS AND OLD TIMERS...

My last post resulted in a few surprise comments and emails from old friends, and while I now hate the word, old timers, that fits as well! When Dan Hamilton, my old detecting partner from New Jersey commented I was really taken aback. We email frequently, but getting him to participate in any type of social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, a blog or forum, is impossible. Here's hoping he get's brave and chimes in from time to time, although if he does I hope he doesn't share any of our old off-the-wall adventures. Some are best left untold!

Dan, hunting old homesite with
his 6000di Series 2, early 80's
All we needed....screwdriver, and
apron (and we found loads)

Also heard from my old friend Arthur, who lives in Canada, and wanted to share his email in hopes that maybe someone reading here can help... He wrote:

"I was wondering if you have any news through the grape-vine about Paul Wilson who made the Wilson line of detectors? I had an old email of his from back in 2008, but I get no response from him now and his phone number no longer works. I imagine he'd be pushing 80 or more now. Just wondering if he passed his business onto someone else or if he shut down completely now?"

If any you know Paul or are familiar with his company, please email Arthur at adias@rogers.com. Thanks....

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CHICAGO RON'S NEW BLOG

Well Chicago Ron (a.k.a. Ron Guinazzo) now has a blog too, and I am happy he's decided to go that route. Now I can pick his brain, and annoy him too. You can check it out by clicking HERE. Good luck Ron. Looking forward to your updates and brainfarts (yep, we all have 'em).

Remember too that Ron will be starring in the new show "Dig Wars", premiering on the Travel Channel, June 12th, at 9pm, Central time. I am hoping it's a show we can all be proud of, and Ron knows I will be upfront with my opinions (not that anyone gives a crap)....

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THANKS TO SCOTT CLARK FOR SHARING AND PROMOTING...

Wasn't sure what to make of the following article when I read the headlines, but after reading it I understood. Saw the word "legitimacy" and immediately thought it must be about Howland. All kidding aside this is a great article, and Scott deserves a big thank you from all of us.

Detectorist Seeks Legitimacy More Than Treasure

Scott also has a great blog, Metal Detecting in the USA. Do yourself a favor and check it out here, and then bookmark it. You won't be sorry.

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May 20, 2013

WERE THEY REALLY "THE GOOD OLE DAYS"?

My Dad

My dad used to throw around the term "good ole days" a lot, as if "today" didn't stand a chance of measuring up. I used to laugh at his stories about how far he had to walk to school, how much he was paid each week working at the paper mill, how much his first car cost, and on and on and on. He never tired of telling these stories, and honestly I never really appreciated them until now. Now that he's gone I would give anything to hear them again (he passed away in 2001).

In a couple of weeks I will turn 72, and I would like to tell you I still feel young and alive, but damn I don't. I am now 25 pounds heavier, a "12 pill a day" guy, and you know what? I too miss the good ole days just like my dad. Funny how that happens....

If you check in here you know I just recently purchased a White's 6000di, Series 2, detector, which was a favorite of mine back in the 80's. I could be wrong, but I think I found more good things with it than with any other detector since. I looked back at my finds for that period of time, and they seem to back this up. The question of course is, was it because the detector was that good or was it because I was simply at the right place at the right time? Could it be too that I am older now, not as involved as much as I'd like, and just trying hard to revisit the good ole days?

When I first got the treasure hunting itch, I was fortunate to live in a small town in rural New Jersey, and pretty much had unfettered access to a lot of old sites, and where running into another detectorist was extremely rare. I also remember never having to look over my shoulder. The idea that a town would close a park because of someone with a metal detector was almost unheard of. My biggest dilemma? Deciding which old site I would go to on any given day!

As time went on I purchased other detector brands and models, and all of them performed well for me. I worked hard at detecting, spending every idle minute in the field, pretty much always coming home with a few pieces of very old silver. Today I live in North Texas, and if I find just one piece of silver it's a good day (an adjustment that I am still trying to get used to).

As I am writing this, the temperature is in the low 90's, and a harbinger of things to come. Summer in Texas is something you never get used to. At least not this Yankee. The question here is not whether you will have 100 degree days, but how many. I don't like detecting in this kind of heat, nor do I enjoy "chiseling" out a new penny at 8 inches, but now that I have my old 6000di ready to go I'm hoping against hope that the good ole days just might return.

Okay, so I can dream can't I?

Texas, 2003,Barnum & I, 10 years ago..ready to go hunting...
Texas, 2013,Barnum and I.."say what?"
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CONGRATULATIONS WHEAT STATE TREASURE HUNTERS

The Wheat State Treasure Hunters are the first club to take advantage of the "Step Up & Cleanup" challenge, and as a result will be receiving a White's Coinmaster detector, compliments of White's Electronics. If your club is interested in participating check out the details in my last post.

Here's a blurb about their effort, and remember, entering this contest is a win/win situation for your club and your community. Hard to go wrong, and a terrific way to receive a detector for your organization's future events. Hope you will take the challenge and enter today.

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GREAT NEWS FOR THE PAS

"Bubba" Howland sent me the following writeup and I wanted to share it here. The Portable Antiquities Scheme has received additional funding, and it just proves that, given the opportunity, metal detector users can and will be a big part of a country's heritage. I hope you will take the time to read this article, even if Warsaw Wally has to foul it up by commenting....

PAS Receives Heritage Lottery Fund First-Round Pass for Project

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RECENT ARTICLES

Alabama City Destroying Ancient Indian Mound

Danish Teenage Finds Ancient Coins

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May 17, 2013

DATELINE: BOURNEMOUTH, UK

Just received the latest epistle from the Malamute Saloon, and it appears as though the author has been imbibing just a little. When he starts off with an arkie joke you know you know that somethings up, as in a glass of Aberlour with a splash of water (and that's probably just an apertif for lunch).

Okay, in all seriousness, John Howland's contributions here sometimes get muddled in all the humor and back and forth banter, but I can assure you that he knows his business when it comes to treasure hunting, whether inebriated or sober. As a result I encourage him to contribute more in the hopes that my next trip over there, or his here, will result in a bottle or two of that very same single malt! At least I hope so....

Okay, for the latest from his parsimonious brain, simply click HERE.

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THE "STEP UP AND CLEAN UP" CONTEST

Let me remind you again about this challenge, and refer you to my posts of May 1st and 3rd. Your club could win a Coinmaster detector, compliments of White's Electronics. All you have to do is help out your local community, and promote your club in the process. How? Simply by adopting a park or a stretch of highway and/or shoreline to clean up on a regular basis.

The guidelines....

Send a newspaper clipping or email a link to a television blurb about your club's "Step Up and Clean Up" program. It must tell about or show your club actually at work, cleaning up your adopted area, and it must be dated after May 5th 2013. Send it to....

"Step Up and Clean Up", White's Electronics, Inc., 1011 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.
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6000DI SERIES 2, READY TO GO...

Well thanks to White's Electronics, I now have a clean looking, working detector. Next on the agenda? Taking it into the field. I will do a little testing this weekend, and then the first of next week I hope to take it to a large park in Dallas. Will let you know how things go (even if you aren't interested).

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RECENT HEADLINES

And We Get Blamed for Everything

Bones & 1788 Coin Found

New Evidence for Origins of the Maya

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May 15, 2013

THIS WEEKEND'S HUNTS

I have been amiss in not mentioning a couple of forthcoming weekend events and was taken to task for it. My apologies... Both are at the Jersey shore, and after Hurricane Sandy it would be nice if you would consider supporting the folks who make their livelihood there.

The first is the big Minelabbing Day, and this year the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club is coordinating the event. It is once again being held in Atlantic City. Just up the coast a bit is the East Coast Research & Discovery Club's "Four at the Shore" event. Details are available on each club's website.

For a more definitive schedule on the Go Minelabbing event (including other venues) click here

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May 14, 2013

THE "GROUPIE" FROM POLAND

Well I mentioned last update that Warsaw Wally was checking in here for material, and now I can add his visits are increasing with each passing day. I am thrilled and honored to have such a well known archaeaologist become a regular here. It would be even better however if he were not well known for being the laughingstock amongst his peers.

In his recent post he refers to Stout Standards an "anti-archaeological blog", apparently itimating that his is not "anti-metal detecting"? Could have fooled me... ROFLMAO!!

I see too where he brought up archaeologist Lisa Hume MacIntyre's name again, and thought it appropriate to hurl crafty insults at her, but then I would expect nothng less from such a "small" individual.

And he wonders why no one likes him.....

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FMDAC 2013 CONVENTION

Just learned that the FMDAC Convention/Hunt will be held this year in Knoxville, Tennessee, in conjunction with the Smoky Mountain Artifacts Research & Treasure Society. The dates: October 25, 26 & 27. Please see the following for more information....

FMDAC FALL CONVENTION ANNOUNCEMENT

CONVENTION DETAILS

ENTRY FORM

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WEBSITE CHANGES

For the record I have removed three of the above links from Stout Standards... The first is "Scattershooting". It was intended for my daily thoughts or brainfarts, but after starting the blog the the brainfarts stopped. I also removed the video and product review links. I was not keeping up with adding the the new videos and the product reviews stopped coming in a long time ago.

Thanks to those of you who did send along product reviews in the past. You are appreciated.

One photo from the Scattershooting link mentioned above I do not want to disappear. Do you remember these detectors?

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John Punola testing Wilson Neuman detectors
Photo of New Jersey pal John Punola field testing the
latest models from Wilson-Neuman/circa 1980
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FOR MY MUSICIAN FRIENDS...

Craigslist Ad :

We are a small & casual restaurant in downtown Vancouver and we are looking for solo musicians to play in our restaurant to promote their work and sell their CD. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More Jazz, Rock, & smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work? Please reply back ASAP.


A Musician's Reply:

Happy new year! I am a musician with a big house looking for a restauranteur to come to my house to promote his/her restaurant by making dinner for me and my friends. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More fine dining & exotic meals and mixed Ethnic Fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant? Please reply back ASAP.

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AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Dr. Epstein was a renowned engineer who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his home town and then left for New York where he quickly rose to the top of his field. Soon he was invited to deliver a significant paper at a conference, coincidentally held in his home town. He walked on stage and placed his papers on the lectern, but they slid off onto the floor. As he bent over to retrieve them, at precisely the wrong instant, he inadvertently farted. The microphone amplified his mistake resoundingly through the room and reverberated it down the hall!

He was quite embarrassed but somehow regained his composure just enough to deliver his paper. He ignored the resounding applause and raced out the stage door, intending never to be seen in his home town again.

However, decades later, when his elderly mother was ill, he returned to visit her. He reserved a hotel room under the name of Levy and arrived under cover of darkness. The desk clerk asked him, "Is this your first visit to our city, Mr. Levy?" Dr. Epstein replied, "Well, no, it isn't. I grew up here and received my education here, but then I moved away."

"Why haven't you visited?" asked the desk clerk. "Actually, I did visit once, many years ago, but to tell you the truth an embarrassing thing happened, and since then I've been too ashamed to return." The clerk consoled him. "Sir, while I don't have your life experience, one thing I have learned is that often what seems embarrassing to me isn't even remembered by others. I bet that's true of your incident, too. Was it a long time ago?"

"Yes, many years."

The clerk asked, "Was it before or after the Epstein Fart?"

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May 13, 2013

NEWS AND VIEWS...
MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT HERE...

Well, "Butthead" or as John Howland refers to him, “Warsaw Wally” is apparently getting a lot of his blogging news here on SS, and we seem to be getting under his skin (love it when that happens)....

He is already taking apart the new show “Dig Wars” despite the fact that it doesn't air until June. He is drooling over the comments posted below the show link I provided. Doesn’t matter that they are obviously an organized campaign (I and three of my friends have tried posting comments over the past couple of days, and they are not shown). Then again what the the hell does he care....they provide him with fodder to pass along to his “reader” (his pal "Beavis", a.k.a. Swiftie, is the only one who ever replies to his BS).

Anyway it always makes my day when something here pisses him off, and I think it would be nice if he thanked me once in a while for keeping him supplied with material.

Hang in there Paulie.... Maybe someday there will be a show about archaeologists. They could call it "Whine Wars".

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ON ITS WAY BACK...

My 6000di Series 2 is on it's way back from the factory, and I can't thank White's enough for their superb customer service and fast turnaround. Hopefully will have it sometime this week, and I am looking forward to seeing how it performs at a few spots I have in mind.

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GOOD NEWS REGARDING PORTABLE ANTIQUITY SCHEME

John Howland posted new information regarding the PAS in the Malamute Saloon, and hope you will take the time read it HERE.

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THANKS EDDY CURRENT

Thanks again to Eddy Current (look him up on Facebook) for the following articles. Eddy is always on top of things, and I enjoy reading his updates.


Sporting Hill Man Unearths Artifacts

Log Boat Could Be 5,000 Years Old

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May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY....

Love you and miss you

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May 9, 2013

A GUEST POST

I am pleased and happy to share the following guest post here on Stout Standards, and thank Michael Bernzweig for sending it along. I have known Michael, his brother Danny, and their parents Sondra and David for some time. We would run into each other at various events all over the country, and always had a lot of fun. Back then they were "Detector Electronics", a.k.a. "Depthmaster". Sadly David passed away in 2006, and Sondra retired in 2008, leaving Michael and Danny to run the "shop".

Over the past few years the shop has grown, and they are now MetalDetector.com, offering many makes and models of detectors. They are also the exclusive U.S. distributor and repair center for XP Deus. If you are interested in knowing more about MetalDetector.com click HERE!

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A METAL DETECTOR WITH YOU WHEN HIKING

By Michael Bernzweig

Hittin’ the trails (hiking) is always a great way to spend the day (Or week!). Many enjoy activities like photography or painting while out hiking, but, what about metal detecting? Hiking with a metal detector has a lot of advantages including simply being fun and exciting! Let me tell you more, and hopefully get you to find a place for your detector in that backpack....

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The Benefits of Metal Detecting While Hiking

Probably the biggest benefit of metal detecting while out hiking is that hikers often lose valuables. Backpacks have a lot of pockets as do hiking pants and shorts. They’re usually great and keep everything safe, but, all too often, something gets out or maybe even left at a rest spot that a metal detector can find.

Also, consider how many metal detectorists you see along the trails. Not too many. As a result you can often be searching new territory or at least places searched only by a handful of other metal detectorists; as opposed to going to the beach for example where probably hundreds have searched before you.

You can also leave the trails better than you found them. Getting rid of all the trash you find is part of the unspoken code if you will among metal detectorists. While many trails are clean, others aren’t, and may even have some nice historic junk of value! Cleaning them up will help you, your fellow hikers, and the planet!

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Which Trails are Best to Search

While metal detecting and hiking do go hand in hand, this is only true if you go on certain trails. I wouldn’t head out hiking “The Fourteeners” in Colorado with a metal detector in hand. But, a historic trail system with some private property would be an excellent example of a good place to go on a metal detecting hike. Just be sure to request permission from the landowner before starting your search.

Grassy areas make fairly easy terrain to hunt, and even if you don’t strike it rich, you’ll still get to see some beautiful places, and possibly find some amazing treasures. Probably best of all though is the fact that these are historic trails that have been in existence for years and used at first by only the elite. Some very interesting treasures could be unearthed on hiking trails like this.

What’s the Best Metal Detector to Take Hiking

First and foremost, you’ll want to select a lightweight model of metal detector to take out hiking with you. An option for a hip mounted harness would also be helpful in order to take the weight off your arm and put it onto your hips. These features will make your metal detecting hike more comfortable and as a result, you’ll be able to go farther, and have a more enjoyable hike overall.

In addition to these comfort features, you’ll want a fairly deep seeking metal detector with a medium to large search coil for hiking so you can get as deeply as possible for the best finds. You may also want to look for a waterproof metal detector so you can also search any lake shores or mountain streams you may come across on your hike.

Overall, the best metal detector is a personal thing. What constitutes the best metal detector for any type of excursion is often unique and personal to each individual metal detectorist. If you do your research though and look for these features I mentioned here you’re sure to find a model of metal detector within your budget that will be comfortable and enjoyable to hike with.

As you can now see there really are a lot of reasons why you ought to bring a metal detector along with you on your next hike. Just be sure you choose the right type of trail, and always get permission before you head out. Then, you’re sure to have an exciting, and maybe even profitable, hike.

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Biography....

About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family....

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AND DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE "STEP UP AND CLEAN UP" CONTEST

Let me remind you again about this challenge, and refer you to my posts of May 1st and 3rd. Your club could win a Coinmaster detector, compliments of White's Electronics. All you have to do is help out your local community, and promote your club in the process. How? Simply by adopting a park or a stretch of highway and/or shoreline to clean up on a regular basis.

The guidelines....

Send a newspaper clipping or email a link to a television blurb about your club's "Step Up and Clean Up" program. It must tell about or show your club actually at work, cleaning up your adopted area, and it must be dated after May 5th 2013. Send it to "Step Up and Clean Up", White's Electronics, Inc., 1011 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.

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THANKS TO THE SOUTH ALABAMA HISTORICAL RESEARCH & RECOVERY ASSOCIATION

Received the following message from Mike Smith, president of the above club and wanted to share it here. Hoping it might encourage other clubs to consider donating.

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"The South Alabama Historical Research and Recovery Association of Mobile, Alabama held their meeting last night and we raised $100 to donate towards the cemetary restoration in Waynesboro, Georgia. I hope that other groups and individuals will raise funds for this worthy cause."

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In case you have forgotten or are wondering what this all about, let me try to refresh your memory. It all started when I received this newspaper article from Scott Clark at Metal Detecting in the USA. Scott suggested we start a fund of sorts to help those who oversee the cemetery repair the damage.

That article was pretty damning, but as many had predicted, those responsible wound up being drug dealers, not relic hunters ( article here). After the news that the theives were caught the interest in the topic fell off, and it was then that Mike Smith volunteered to see if he could make contact with the American Legion that was responsible for the upkeep of the cemetery. He did indeed hear from them, and together we asked you and others to consider sending along a donation to the AMERICAN LEGION POST 120, Post Office Box 91, Waynesboro, Georgia 30830. /p>

In any case thank you again to the South Alabama Historical Research & Recovery Association for being the first club to contribute, and to Scott Clark for initally making everyone aware of the situation. Now how about all the other clubs out there....can you swing a few dollars to help a good cause, and in the process polish our image a little? If so be sure to notate "Old Church Restoration" on your check...

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NEW TV SERIES FOR CHICAGO RON

Just heard from Chicago Ron (as in Ron Guinazzo) that he has a new TV series starting June 12th, at 9pm, on the Travel Channel. The name of the new show is "Dig Wars" and according to Ron you will laugh and learn. Be sure to mark it on your calendar....it should be a good one. Good luck with the new series Ron!

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COUPLE RECENT ARTICLES

More on the Staffordshire Hoard

1735 Shipwreck Wines Fetch High Prices

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May 7, 2013

FROM THE MALAMUTE SALOON....MORE ON THE GARRETT AT PRO INTERNATIONAL

Received an update from the ever jovial John Howland today, and this time around he talks about a forthcomng comparison test of the AT Pro. Of course he also added in a few "arkie" tales and articles just to keep them on their toes (and piss them off). I don't think he will get tickets to their next convention....just a hunch.

To read John's latest update, and about how he found this coin, click HERE.
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ANTICIPATION & DISAPPOINTMENT

Well, the 6000di Series 2, Hipmount I was waiting for finally arrived.....INOPERABLE!

The detector looked new, but the plastic meter cover was broken, and the meter did did ot work. Had to push battery pack into the unit to get a threshold (foam missing) but could not get a coin to respond. I am amazed that when people pack something like this, they put the control box on the bottom of the box, and everything else on top, not to mention it came with one of those old blue and heavy carry bags which would have made a great cushion.

The knobs/pots also were extremely hard to turn, and the disc knob did not work at all. I have decided to send it back to the factory in hopes that they can fix it. The seller has a great track record, and has agreed to pay repair charges (if it can be fixed). So back to the post office, and another wait. The joys of online shopping!

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COUPLE OF RECENT ARTICLES

Thanks to Eddy Current and Jessie Thompson for the following....

Ancient Roman Cemetery Found Under Parking Lot

South Jersey Treasure Hunter Tracks Down Owner of 1963 Class Ring

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DIVA FEATURED IN LATEST SEARCHER MAGAZINE

Well the Diva does it again! Allyson Cohen, one of the best looking treasure hunters I ever met, is currently featured in the June issue of The Searcher. For a preview of this latest edition be sure and check out the John Winter blog.

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May 3, 2013

COUPLE OF REMINDERS AND A BRAIN FART OR TWO....

Just wanted to remind you of a couple of things. First, if possible, hope you will consider donating a dollar or two to the American Legion folks in Waynesboro, Georgia. For more information on this situation please click here. Be sure to notate "Old Church Restoration" on the bottom of your check. Many thanks to Mike Smith for following up on this situation, and for providing all the details.

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STEP UP & CLEANUP CAMPAIGN

Don't forget the "Step Up and Cleanup" challenge mentioned in my last post. Remember too that White's will donate a Coinmaster detector to the first six clubs to participate so get going, help your club and in the process, help your community.

White's is also considering making this an "ongoing program".....

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LOOKING FORWARD TO A COUPLE OF BONGS

Don't get too excited or all worked up....the "bongs" I am referring to are those memorable responses I received using the old White's 6000di Series 2 detector. I am happy to say I finally found one (hip mount as well), and it's on it's way. I understand it won't have all the bells and whistles that today's models offer, and may be lacking some in depth, but I am looking forward to taking it out in the field, if for nothing else, old times sake. It was a favorite of mine, and was always sorry I lost it (disappeared during a garage sale right after moving to Texas). I will keep you posted on how all this old work horse performs, not that you really care. Given the price I had to pay I know there are others out there who know how well this detector performs.

If anyone out there happens to have a 4 inch coil for this detector that you'd like to sell to an old and needy man (just a friend of mine), let me know.

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TASK FORCE UPDATE

Good news....Allyson Cohen, the Detecting Diva will now be handling the Task Force Twitter and Facebook pages, so be sure to check in there daily for updates on their activities. She also told me that the Cook County situation is moving along, and that the president of the local club is working with an attorney, drafting a letter to send to the local park commission, and when that is submitted the information will be posted on the Task Force website. Thanks Allyson for the update.

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AMAZING SKELETON FOUND IN SOUTH TEXAS

Construction crews working near Houston uncovered the skeletal remains that go back thousands of years. While nothing is certain and more tests remain, researchers are saying that based on the position of the skeletal remains, they are almost positive they are that of an early archaeologist....

Sorry Lisa, couldn't resist!
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MORE RECENT ARTICLES

Thanks to Eddy Current (again) and to Regton, Ltd. for the following information. Appreciate it.....

Money Discovered in Hidden Safe

Archaeologist Backs Bid to Keep Stafforshire Hoard in Midlands

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May 1, 2013

ADDING A LITTLE ICING TO THE CAKE

Hope you read my last post about adopting a stretch of water, highway, road or a park, because there's now something in it for you. I just received this email from Alan Holcombe, Corporate Manager for White's.....

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Dick,

White's Electronics is happy to commit to one Coinmaster Detector each to the first 6 clubs who meet the criteria for your "Step Up and Clean Up" initiative. We will consider making this an ongoing program.

Alan

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So what do you think? Does that provide a little incentive? A Coinmaster could be used in a raffle to raise money for your club, or else be used as a prize at your yearly hunt. Are you interested? Remember this not a prize for finding a token. It's a prize for doing what's right, and for doing it on a regular basis. More importantly the PR you receive will go a long way toward promoting your club, and making it more visible in you local community.

HERE'S HOW YOUR CLUB CAN "STEP UP, CLEANUP & WIN A WHITE'S COINMASTER

Send a newspaper clipping or email a link to a television blurb about your club's "Step Up and Clean Up" initiative. It must show your club actually at work, cleaning up your adopted area, and it must be dated after May 5th 2013. Send it to "Step Up and Clean Up", White's Electronics, Inc., 1011 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.

I want to thank Alan Holcombe, and White's Electronics, for their response to my idea. I personally have nothing to gain out of all this, other than my love for the environment and animals, both domestic and wild. I hope that Alan's offer will convince my fellow environmentalists and animal lovers to take up the reins and get things in motion?

We all can make a difference when it comes to our surroundings, and while what you do may seem insignificant, it is not. Watch the following video all the way through, and I think you will agree.

Midway, a film by Chris Jordan

What do you think? Can you help in some way? Is your club interested in winning a White's Coinmaster, and in the process, making a difference in the world? I really do hope so. Good luck, and keep me posted.

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RECENT HAPPENINGS

Thanks to Eddy Current again for the following articles and updates. If you are a TH'er, on Facebook, type in Eddy Current, and add his page to your favorites. Lots of great info and always something new and interesting.


Ancient Canal System Uncovered

Archaeologist Discover Revolutionary War Fort

It's All About the Hunt

A Different Kind of Treasure Hunting

Mystery of Missing Knight Solved

Hadrian's Wall & Aeiral Revelations

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April 29, 2013

CAN WE HELP JUST A LITTLE?

My wife Fay is an avid photographer, and one of her haunts is White Rock Lake, in Dallas. She always seems to find something to shoot there, and it's an area that attracts all kinds of birds, from pelicans, coots, herons, mallard ducks, and yes, even parakeets. Truly a bird photographer's dream. She always comes home with beautiful photos, mostly birds, sometimes flowers, people, but yesterday she came home with a couple that upset me. The following should explain.....

The best of White Rock Lake
The worst of White Rock Lake

A Casualty of Our Uncaring Ways

Seeing the gull pictured above, his webbed feet impaled with fish hooks and lure, broke my heart. How long will he continue to live in this condition with this unwanted adornment? When will we learn to appreciate what nature has given us, and when will we stop being so damn intent on destroying it? Today we take so much for granted, expect so much from each day, and in the process we are slowly but surely killing off everything that makes our life so meaningful. Lakes, streams, wooded areas, wildlife, and fauna....slowly but surely dying just because we are all too busy.

I am hoping that sharing Fay's photos will give you pause for concern and something to think about. If you are a member of a club, how about bringing up the idea of adoping a stretch of shoreline, a stretch of highway, or a park, and making it yours to keep clean? Have a monthly or bi-monthly cleanup effort? It could be a great piece of public relations, certainly worthy of a blurb in the newspaper, and who knows, maybe even a spot on local TV. However, if none of that happens, it's the "right" thing to do.... the "caring" thing to do.

I suspect there are already a few clubs out there who already participate in community action projects like this, but if your club does not, why not start? Just maybe another seagull, like the one above, won't have to face a similar fate.....

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WARSAW WALLY NEEDS A SENSE OF HUMOR

Well, I had a surprise today. The man himself, Paul Barford, actually took the time and made the effort to help identify a coin of mine. I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of that. Really. I tried to tell him that, and added an additional "funny" comment (at least I thought it was) about where I found it. Well, apparently he didn't find it funny, and is bent out of shape about it (a friend once warned me, "never piss off a troll").

I tried twice to post a comment on his blog stating "Get a sense of humor. For once in your life, please?"....he apparently chose NOT to approve the comment, but when I posted on MY blog that I had sent it, he stated that he had not received it, and wanted me to once again say the same damn thing. Well, I won't. I am quite aware of how he plays the game, and this time I will sit it out, thank you.

Mr. Barford I was not lazy in trying to indentify my coin. I had indeed researched it, but could not come up with matching photos. Your description did the trick, and I am most grateful. Thank you, and as to where I really found the coin? I will be upfront with you. At Stonehenge!

Now, get a life, a sense of humor, and laugh a little....will do you wonders

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April 27, 2013

A GREAT FIND BY THE DETECTING DIVA!

The Detecting Diva dug a dandy. The 1786 Connecticut Copper she dug a couple of weeks ago (see her finds link), and didn't think too much about, wound up being a "variation".

According to Carter Pennington (president of the Task Force) it is in amazing condition, and the "Scholar's Head" variation has a URS (University Rarity Scale) rating of 7 meaning there are less than 65 known to exist. He went on to say that the book value in that condition is $5,000, but they rarely surface, so it's hard to guess what it might bring at auction. The Whiteman Encylopedia of Colonial and Early American coins, by Bowers, lists this variation as a W-2150 (obverse Miller 3, reverse D1). I am not sure what all that means, but I suspect it means she has a pretty valuable find.

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Telling you guys, don't go detecting with the detectorista. She will outhunt you and embarrass you in the process. Congratulations Allyson. That's one for the record books....

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PLEASE DONATE TO SHOW WE CARE...

If you remember my post of April 19th, and the cemetery damage in Burke County, Mike Smith and I agreed to find a way to help these folks repair the damage that was done. Mike had better luck than I, or was more persistent, and I thank him so much for that. He just responded with the following....

I finally received a call today from the American Legion Post 120 Commander Leroy Bell, Jr. His was grateful for my call and would welcome any donations to the restoration of the graves, as the Post has few members.

You can send your donations to:

American Legion Post 120
PO Box 91
Waynesboro, GA 30830

Make your checks out to “American Legion Post 120" and at the bottom of your check write “Old Church Restoration”. This will make sure your money is used for the restoration project.

I am gathering donations from my local club members on May 7th, our next monthly meeting, and sending it out the next day. I hope you or your local metal detecting club will do the same. This will be a nice way to show that we, in the metal detecting community, are not the “grave robbers” that we are made out to be by archaeologists and the media.

Please share this information with family, friends and your club!

Thanks Very much,
Mike Smith

Come on everyone, let's send something to these folks. Let's show them we care....please.
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THAT CLUTTERED DRAWER...

Was going through a jammed packed drawer today, and came up with a few items that brought back a few memories from yesteryear.....

First, hoping someone out there can help me identify this coin. Tried to locate a similar coin online, but didn't have much luck. Any help would be appreciated. I remember where it came from, but do not care to share that information.

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Next I found a few old "hat pins". I have not really noticed too many TH'ers of late sporting these, but maybe I am wrong. I just remember that years ago, the more you put on your hat or vest the better....

FMDAC Hat Pin
Garrett Hat Pin
FMDAC Samples
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INTERNATIONAL TREASURE HUNTERS SOCIETY

While digging through this long ignored drawer I came across this patch, and wondered how many of you might remember this group and who started it? I will leave it there, and see if anyone responds.

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RECENT ARTICLES/NEWS

Thanks to Eddy Current for the following info....

Gold Romany Jewelry Found

4000 Year Old Gold-Adorned Skeleton Found

Rare Liberty Nickel Sells for $3.17 Million

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April 25, 2013

A MILESTONE FOR THE MALAMUTE SALOON

I decided to share John Howland's most recent post here, as well as on his Malamute Saloon link. Why? Because it is his 100th, and that my friends is monumental for a couple of reasons. First I didn't think he had that many words in him, nor did I think he could actually hang in there that long without some sort of remuneration, as in money, beer, wine or scotch. Secondly, I thought surely one or two arkies would have done him in before now. Then again his two favorites are more limp than tenacious....

All kidding aside I have appreciated John's contributions over the past three years, even though I've had to censor a few (John's vocabulary can make the four letter words sound like Dick and Jane), and writing a blog with him is no different than being around him....you have to be on your toes at all times (and be ready to run).

HOW TIME FLIES, AND STILL NO SIGN OF SINGLE MALT, MONEY, OR BEER, OR BOOK!

(My 100th Contribution to this cheap SOB!)

Dick Stout’s got more front than Atlantic City. I’ve known him since the time the Dead Sea first went sick, and for years now, I have worked, nay slaved, to supply him with suitable, eloquent copy for his blog, and what do I get in return? Henry Hall’s brother….F**k Hall! Not even a sniff of single malt, let alone a beer. Jeez! I mean, I’ve seen Halle’s Comet more times than I’ve seen the inside of his wallet. I remember one time in a bar in AC, Cliff Stefens stood a round, I stood a round, and Ricardo, well he just stood around!

I did some research on him recently and discovered the name ‘Stout’ originates from the Anglo-Saxon, dating from the 9th Century meaning, generous, likeable, lavish with ale, and loyal to friends. ‘Dick’ (or Richard, or Ricardo) comes from the Norman patois of 11th Century Gaul (modern day France) and was brought to England with William the Conqueror in 1066AD, and roughly translated means…Not Very.

I really can’t fathom how the fragrant Fay puts up with him. I recall when I visited the States some years ago and fell into his clutches when he gave me the now-famous tour of New York with its three Empire State Buildings, two Brooklyn Bridges and three Central Parks, he leaned out of the car and asked a New York Cab Driver…”Hey, do you know the Noo Josiey toyn-off?”

“Sure” the Cabbie shrugged, “I married her!” Oh, I thought, this is gonna be some kinda trip.

Some days later at a drinks party in a Condo in AC I bumped into Cliff Stefens, bumped into Harry Bodofski, stepped over Dick Stout, bumped into Archie Ray…I mean the guy’s on another planet…he even thinks Manual Labor is an illegal Mexican gardener….and a Royal Enfield is where the Queen keeps her chickens! Sheesh!

A couple of years later he stepped foot on this Sceptered Isle (or should that be Septic?). All I can say is, thank Jesus they got Independence. I take him to the Mayfly, arguable the finest hostelry in these Islands where the finest ales are purveyed and spend hours not to mention loadsacash, trying to wean him off that vile American habit of drinking ice-cold gnat’s piss and onto real ale. It cost me a small fortune, and it was only then I realised this guy wasn’t as cabbage as he looked. I poured him into my car for the journey home. Fay, as ever, was perfection; cool, calm, sophisticated and elegant. Opposites attract!

Stouty though is an enigma. For all his faults (his love of cold beer, so-so wine, just to name a few), he has been my great friend for over twenty-five years. If this hobby had ten more like him, with his drive and zeal, metal detecting would be compulsory across the globe. He’s a bloody good editor too, and a great calming influence on me, knowing my ‘love’ for the reptiles who’d put us out of business at the drop of hat.

All success to Stout Standards for the future, and long may he and it continue to shred the propaganda spewing forth from, unfortunately, the UK and Poland.

We’ve had some successes along the way but the drubbing of the Artefact Erosion Counter must surely rank as one of his high points. Stout Standards under Dick’s careful eye has been a rallying point for many worthy causes and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Well done mate!

Now can I have that bloody $20 you owe me?

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Remember….

An amateur built the ark, but a professional built the Titanic.

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April 24, 2013

A GUEST POST BY LISA HUME MACINTRYE, ARCHAEOLOGIST

Over the past couple of months I have gotten to know Lisa MacIntrye a little better, and have to say that she is my kind of arkie (so far anyway). That should be very telling because I am not on their "Top 100 Friendliest Detectorists" list, and no secret that I do not hold them in high regard. In any case I asked Lisa if she would consider writing something for my blog, a "view from the other side" if you will. She readily agreed, and I thank her very much....

For those of you who are not familar with Lisa's background, please see my post of March 17th for her bio....
A VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE

I met Dick through a mutual friend, and consider him to also be a friend. Dick graciously invited me to write an article for his blog, with the suggestion that I could give a perspective of metal detecting from an archaeological stand point. I found this to be a wonderful idea and readily accepted.

Metal detecting, like archaeology, is a very destructive process of digging up the past. I say destructive because once we remove “it” from the earth we can never put it back. In archaeology we are taught such things as context, and provenience, and grid systems, and documentation, and historical relevance. This is what I know. This is what I have spent many years practicing and perfecting. I can explain the value of context and documentation and I can demonstrate why we use grid systems. These things may seem unimportant to a detectorist, however, to an archaeologist they are a high priority.

Lisa MacIntyre

Metal detecting, on the other hand, is foreign to me. I have never used one, nor have I ever had the opportunity to be a partner with someone who has used one. I understand the basic concept of listening for “sounds” that indicate an anomaly is underneath. At this point I am not sure how the “sound” is perused. I have read claims that the ground is randomly dug until the object is located leaving holes all over the area with no regard to the historical value, to claims of carefully digging and documenting the find for prosperity purposes.

While I am sure there are some that perform their hobby in an unscrupulous manner, I have yet to meet these people. Just as I am sure there are archaeologists who do the same, I have not had the pleasure of meeting them either. That is not to say I won’t at some point, however, personally I have been lucky, because I really do not know how I would react to these unsavory individuals. However, I do know that all detectorists are not bad people, just as I know that all archaeologists are not good people.

Archaeology and Detectoring can, and should be, a discipline that works together. Both sides, in most instances, are after the same goal. The methodology that each side uses to achieve the goal is different, yet they are not exclusive to the end result. Both sides should be training the other in the benefits and knowledge that the other possesses. I have met many a detectorist that puts my history knowledge to shame, and I am a history minor. I also know that I, as an archaeologist, could share my knowledge with the detectoring community in a manner that would prove beneficial.

Detectoring is not going away, just as archaeology is neither going away. History, however, is disappearing rapidly. As we pave more of paradise and put up those parking lots, more and more of our past is buried forever. Instead of fighting to enact tougher and tougher laws against detecting, it is my belief that the archaeology community should be fighting to find ways to incorporate the two sides in a way that is mutually agreeable and beneficial to the ultimate goal of preserving history. There are things we may disagree on, however a good detectorist and a good archaeologist should agree on one thing, and that is the goal to uncover and preserve that which can tell us what makes us who we are as a society and as a human.

Lisa Hume MacIntrye
Thank you again Lisa for taking the time to share this, and for accepting us on a level playing field. We too are historians and want nothing more than to purse our pastime, and not be discriminated against simply because we do not have a degree...
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THE VIEW FROM BUBBA'S SIDE (FORGIVE HIM LISA PLEASE?)

After such a great post from Lisa it almost seems sacriligious to post the latest from John Howland. You see he is once again obsessed with his two favorite British arkies, and penned another sizzling put-down (what else is new?). I will tell you however that most of these tirades are written after a few glasses of red or single malts, and for the most part he is a subservient guy, bowing to his wife Margaret, doing whatever she asks, saying "yes dear, no dear", etc. (yep, true. Sorry to shatter your image of the big guy, but I have witnessed it first hand!)

So take this latest post for what it is....a rant from a "pissed" (see the UK definition) Brit! If you feel inclined to read it click HERE.

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UPDATE ON THE O'FALLON MISSOURI SITUATION

The following email was forwarded to me by Carter Pennington, president of the Task Force. It came from O'Fallon city councilman Jim Pepper, and was addressed to Carter, Mark Schuessler, president of the FMDAC, as well as Christopher Brown and Scott Clark (a.k.a. Pocketspill).

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Tomorrow night I am bringing up a motion to reconsider the Ordinance.

Here is my statement I will read before the vote.

Mayor and City Council:

I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I am asking for a reconsideration of Bill 6267 that was passed last meeting

First of all, it seemed that this bill was passed in haste. “Let’s pass it so we can read it more thoroughly”, does that sound familiar? Councilman Schwentker and myself wanted to table it and take a deeper look at the wording, especially after citizen’s comments brought some issues forward. This was a bad bill from the start.

I really didn’t know how widespread this hobby is until after the meeting....

The second sentence after I. METAL DETECTING states “Everything on and in park grounds, therefore, belongs to the people of the City.” How arrogant and self absorbed is this? I lose a ring or locket in the grass, can’t find it and according to this wording, it belongs to the city! I don’t care about an interpretation, what does it say, period. And on top of that, I would be breaking the law if I went home got my metal detector, came back and tried to locate my locket, bracelet or ring.

I respect the protection of certain restricted areas however, irrigated areas (really?) and landscaped areas (any grassy area could be deemed “landscaped”.

I, along with help from various individuals and organizations came up with a, b, and c in order for people to enjoy our parks and at the same time, protect them. One question I would ask is, how much of a real problem is this that would warrant such drastic measures that were originally put forward? I am out in the parks quite often and for the life of me, I haven’t seen our parks torn up like a shelled battlefield.

As requested, I have sent copies of emails sent to me to Mr. O’Keefe regarding the establishment of a permitting process, where required. These are from individuals that enjoy the hobby and want to work with the city for the enjoyment of all. Finally, I, along with others on the council, were led to believe, right or wrong, that this came from the Parks Board as a recommendation

Mr. Patrick Breyne of the Parks Board commented, and I quote: “Staff submitted a recommendation to us for review and suggestions/advice. The Parks Board made some suggestions, none of which was the requirement that any items found must be turned in to the City.” Are not the Committees, Commissions and Boards (with the exception of the Board of Adjustment) recommending bodies?

They are a group of volunteers that focus in on specific areas of the city in order to provide alternative views that the Council is not aware of. They do a fantastic job and my hat goes off to them for the work they do. I would suggest that, in the future, a representative of a Committee, Board or Commission present their recommendations, along with their vote taken, to the Council.

Therefore I move that Bill 6267 be reconsidered.

The meeting starts at 7:30 and can be viewed at http://69.29.124.18/Cablecast/Public/Main.aspx?ChannelID=1. Click "Watch Live" in the menu bar of that window.

Please share as you see fit.

Jim Pepper, Councilman, Ward 2

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Wow, all I can say is thank you Mr. Pepper (someone needs to give Mr. Pepper a metal detector)! Thanks also to the Task Force and the FMDAC for making contact with the Councilman and the city of O'Fallon. Let's hope they make the necessary changes....

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IN SEARCH OF TREASURE

Hoping those of you visit here will consider purchasing my latest book "In Search of Treasure".... It's available from White's Electronics and all White's distributors and dealers. If you choose not to, that's not a problem. I am used to sleeping on the street, and scrounging for my next meal....

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THE BLOG SITE

Just another reminder that I also have a blog site, where you can respond when something is of interest to you. You can do that by clicking on the logo below......

Don't be afraid to share your thoughts, or tell me off when I have something that annoys you. You are always welcome to jump on John Howland there too. That's what a blog is all about, and if you check out some of the replies, I do get taken to task every now and then.

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April 23, 2013

GRAVE ROBBERS IDENTIFIED

Thanks to Eddy Current for the following update on the Burke County cemetery descecration. Apparently the two were drug dealers, not treasure hunters, and I am very happy to hear that. I hope that this is the end of the story, and that the newspapers think twice now when throwing out the words "relic hunters".

Suspected "grave robbers" identified in Burke County

I still stand by last post that we should not have ignored this situation, should have expressed our concern and helped in some way. JMO.

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A HUNT TO REMEMBER

Back on the 29th of March I shared a video of Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz hunting an old colonial cellar hole. Well, a few days ago they went back, and Dave had what I would call "the greatest day detecting ever". Here's a photo of his finds that day.

5 George Washington inaugural buttons found by Dave Wise in one day!

Yep, not one, but five....what are the odds? Dave, fantastic day and congratulations!! Hoping Todd taped this and will post it. You can view all of his videos on YouTube by typing in thiltzy1.

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NOT TO BE OUTDONE!!

Okay, you saw Dave's fantastic finds above, but you ain't seen nothing yet! Take a gander at the following photo. I managed to get out some yesterday and brought these puppies home.....

So there Dave. Damn it, eat your heart out!!
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THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF TREASURE HUNTING

I like to share this from time to time because it's a gem. Jim Lewellen was the CEO and president of Fisher Labs, and passed away a few years ago. He was a stand up guy, a gentleman, and a helluva lot of fun to be around. Miss you Jim....

The Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting, by Jim Lewellen
  1. Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled excavations.
  2. Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the lawful decrees of thy city, state, province or country.

  3. Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures of the field, natural resources or the personal property of others.

  4. Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy companion. Nor shall ye covet his metal detector, digging tool, or the hallowed place he diggeth.

  5. Thou shalt not neglect thy family and friends whilst in the endless pursuit of this hobby.

  6. Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost goods, and the archaeologists, the enforcers of law, and all others who may need thy skill as a metal detectorist.

  7. Thou shalt return found treasures to the proper owners, whenever their true identity can be rightfully determined.

  8. Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any find relating to criminal activity or of archaeologtical significance.

  9. Thou shalt be considerate of others on the beach, and in other public places whilst waving thy searchcoil, and digging holes in the sand and soil.

  10. Thou shalt speak out against unjust laws and stand firm against the Philistines who would cast out all those who would use detectors of metal.
and.....

If thou dost not abide by these Commandments, may ye be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks, hard packed soil, pestilence, serpents, locusts, poisonous vegetation, and great multitudes of pulltabs, bottle caps and rusty nails. May ye spend the remaining years of thy wretched life digging signals of false origins. For thine iniquities shall surely bring the overzealous wrath of the ignorant, heathen bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent. For we are the righteous and the just and ye who do not obey the Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting are doomed to bad luck.

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April 21, 2013

IGNORING THINGS WON'T MAKE THEM GO AWAY!

I have read and reread the article that Scott Clark forwarded me about the Burke County cemetery damage (see last post), and I think we've made a mistake in not addressing it and not doing something to help. Apparently the prevailing attitude was that since it did not specifically blame relic hunters, better to ignore it then to give it "more legs". I beg to differ!

ANOTHER ARTICLE

If you reread the article you will see that the term "relic hunter" was indeed mentioned, and it went on to say that the perpetrator removed buttons from a military uniform (not exactly laying blame at our feet, but pretty damn close). Scott's idea of setting up a fund was a noble one and in my opinion, the right one. If we are to be the people we claim to be, we need to take the bad with the good, and do what is right, no matter what. Shoot me down if you wish, but looking the other way will not fix the problem, nor burnish our image!

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LITTLE YELLOW BUGS

Had an email from Barry Hansen asking about the photo of me at the top of this page. He wondered whether there were toy cars in the background and indeed there are. They are die cast models, and all are yellow VW Beetles.

When I bought my 2000 New Beetle a few years ago, I fell in love with it (will never forget my wife saying, somewhat embarrassed, "do you really want to drive around in a banana yellow Beetle?") Hard to explain, but I became obsessed with all things Beetle, especially yellow ones. I became a member of the DFW New Beetle Group, and started collecting the die cast models whenever I ran across them. I currently have 16 total....

My "Pug Bug" is now getting along in years (& miles), and a few incidental interior parts need replacing, but all in all it keeps chuggin along (knock on wood) and Barnum still loves riding shotgun. The three of us have a lot in common!

The Pug Bug
Yep, my toys!

(IMHO Volkswagen has blown it with the latest Beetle design. No way it's a "bug".... more like a slug!_
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COUPLE MORE FROM EDDY CURRENT

Hope all of you Facebook folks will be sure to "like" Eddy Currents page. You will find daily updates and articles about the treasure hunting pastime, both here and overseas. It's good stuff!!


Iron Age Artifacts Found

Stonehenge Occupied 5,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

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April 19, 2013

PROGRESS ON TWO FRONTS

O'Fallon Missouri

Good news. Both the Task Force, and the FMDAC have contacted the city, and apparently they have agreed to make changes to the ordinance. They are asking for detectorists help in making these changes, and here's hoping a few local TH'ers take them up on this offer. You can find more information, inlcuding the individual to contact, on the Task Force's website, under "Current Situations".

New York City Parks

I also was happy to see the update on the New York City parks problem. The Task Force has now hired a legal firm to help tackle the situation, and if you click on the Legal Challenge Update in NY (also under Current Situations), you will see the letter sent to the New York City Department of Parks.

This is huge in that it indicates to other cities and towns that we are serious about our pastime, and will now take legal action if the situation demands it. In the past they could pretty much blow off our emails and letters. Now they might have to pay attorney fees to deal with our concerns. Great move by the Task Force, and let's hope they have the financial backing of all the manufacturers. The money to fight future battles will be key.

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THANKS DETECTORISTA

Just wanted to thank Allyson Cohen, a.k.a detectorista for her kind words about my new book "In Search of Treasure".... Have a feeling the check I stuck inside the book may have had something to do with it, but nonetheless, thank you kindly Allyson.

Allyson's blog is picking up a lot of followers, and you can check it out by clicking on her photo below....

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CAN WE HELP OUT HERE?

As I was typing up this update I received an email from Scott Clark, and I am offering it here, word for word. I am hoping that by doing so someone or perhaps even the Task Force or FMDAC might be able to help Clark out. I think it's a noble cause and a chance for us to shine.....

Scott's Email
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This would be an awesome chance to show who we are. The detecting community should fund the restoration of these graves as it was relic hunters who did it (most likely.) We must hurry.

I would be happy to set up a crowdfunding account on indiegogo to help restore this cemetary. I need someone to help me figure out who to talk to and if they're doing donations.

The trouble is that I'm in meetings all day. Can you help me (or ask someone to) find out who would receive funds for this ... an email address and phone number too?

Reward Offered in Burke County Cemetery Desecration

Scott

Blogging the hobby at Metal Detecting in the USA

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LATE UPDATE
Scott has now updated his blog, and added more information on this situation...see the link above!

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April 17, 2013

DON'T LAUGH, THIS IS FOR REAL...

Butch Holcombe, publisher of American Digger magazine, sent me an email yesterday to alert me to a problem area and I wanted to share it right away...

The city of O'Fallon, Missouri (just west of St. Louis), has decided it wants to prohibit metal detecting, but at the same time wants a piece of the action. Yep, don't laugh. If you are able to find a spot to detect in O’Fallon, you are obliged to turn over anything you find to the city..

In case you think I am kidding, read all about it...

O'Fallon Metal Detector Hobbyists Restricted

I am a little curious what they mean when they list "archaeological sites"? Are they talking about already designated sites, and if not, who determines what falls into that category? Likewise the other "off limits" areas are subject to interpretation, and were obviously drawn up with a "broad brush".

I am aware that this problem area was forwarded to the Task Force and the FMDAC, and here's hoping someone jumps on it quickly! It's absolutely ridiculous!

In the meantime if you care to share your thoughts with the city, I would suggest you contact the mayor, Bill Hennessy. His email address is bhennessy@ofallon.mo.us, and if you are writing, send your letter to 100 North Main Street, O'Fallon, MO 63366. You can also try contacting him at 636-240-2000 (the city's main line).

It's important to stress that IF you do respond please be courteous, and not confrontational. Angry emails or letters merely set us back, and do absolutely nothing to help our cause.

If I hear anything more about this situation I will pass it along. You can also check the Task Force website, and the FMDAC website for updates....

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April 16, 2013

TRAGEDY IN BOSTON

I was just about to post yesterday when the explosions in Boston occurred. Needless to say I stopped and was glued to the television for a few hours...

It probably hit home a little more because I went to school in Boston, and love the town dearly. It was a town that offered everything I wanted at the time, and still does. Entertainment, shopping, parks, architecture and sporting events (Fenway Park is the only place to watch baseball). It's also a college town, and way back then it offered lots of young gals, and their dorms were up and down Commonwealth Avenue , just steps away from where I lived, but that's another story for another time.

The bombings yesterday, Patriot Day, are a reminder that we are still under attack by terrorists, both homegrown and foreign, and we need to remain vigilant. I couldn't help thinking of Oklahoma City, and that the Boston tragedy could have been much, much worse. I also feel certain that those responsible will be found quickly and dealt with accordingly.

Tragedies like this will make the headlines, and that of course is why these attacks are planned and carried out. What our enemies do not understand however, is that when they attempt to bring us down, they just bring us closer together. Who can forget 9/11, when there were no Democrats or Republicans, no differences in the color of our skin, and what church we went to, or did not go to, was of no importance . The United States flag became a hot commodity, and we were Americans, one and all. When I saw the film clips of what happened yesterday, and saw all those rushing to help the injured, without any concern for their own safety, I knew once again that we are still all Americans, and damn proud of it.

My thoughts and good wishes go out to all those families affected by this tragedy in Boston....

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THE BARFORD SHOW...A REAL GASSER!

Well Paul Barford is now back home in Warsaw, and apparently he is an unhappy camper. Woe is me, the tekkies who showed up for his seminar were not members of the Barford fan club. Holy Mackerel!! How could that be?

Barford's audience

Well, for starters, he's hasn't any fans within the metal detecting pastime, and why he thinks otherwise is beyond me. Has he EVER said anything good about us? No! In fact today he used the phrase "the erosive hobby of metal detecting". Not exactly fodder to warm our hearts.

For years he has beat us up verbally, and in the process made false accusations, and created fictious statistics to show our pastime in a bad light. And he was expecting a hero's welcome?

Now he's pissing and moaning about someone taking his photo during his talk, and worries that it's now out there on the internet. Of course he also mentions that he noticed an individual with a camera sitting in front of him, and apparently never said anything about it? I guess it's much easier to cry foul after you are home in Warsaw, tucked away in the bat cave. Keep in mind too that he promoted his appearance well ahead of time on his own blog.

Oh well, he came, he saw, and he bombed....
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THE VIEW FROM THE MALAMUTE SALOON

Of course the impassioned sot from across the pond has his own take on all this (what a surprise?). Not sure why, but John Howland has a special affinity for Mr. Barford and for his twin brother who oversees the Heritage Action blog. Just their mention causes him to guzzle instead of sip that single malt. A waste of fine spirits and not a pretty sight.

To read John's take click HERE.
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ANOTHER GREAT NEWSLETTER

Received the following newsletter today from the Nor'Easter's Metal Detecting Club and wanted to share. Great club and a great newsletter!! My compliments to Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. the Detecting Diva

"Storm Watch"
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REMINDER TO TASK FORCE

Update Your "Facebook" page and say "something"....
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THE BLOG SITE

I hope that those of you who visit here often will find time to respond when something is of interest to you. You can do that by visiting my blog, and clicking on the comments section (Leave a Reply). If you have never visited my blog check it out by clicking on the logo below......


Don't be afraid to share your thoughts, or tell me off when I have something that annoys you. You are always welcome to jump on John Howland there too. That's what a blog is all about, and if you check out some of the replies, I do get taken to task every now and then.

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April 14, 2013

ONE OF MY FAVORITE GALS....

Most all of us, whether relic hunters, coin shooters or collectors, have a favorite coin, almost always an old one. One of mine? The Mercury Dime!

In 1916 all three United States silver denominations were changed, and the Mercury dime was introduced as the “Winged Liberty Head Dime”. It was rumored that the designer, Adolph Weinman, used Elsie Stevens, the wife of lawyer and poet, Wallace Stevens, as a model, but that has never been confirmed.

Initially the Mercury dime caused problems for the vending machine manufacturers and had to be redesigned. Then in 1932 it was taken out of production when long hoarded coins were being put back into circulation thanks to the Great Depression. Poduction restarted in 1934, and the series continued until 1945, when the Roosevelt design was introduced.

I think we all know about the 1916D, the 1921 and 21D’s, and the infamous 1942 over 1, but were you aware that many Mercs can bring a good price in EF condition? I have looked back at mine (2x2's) and many of them just might fall into that category. I have no intentions of selling, but it's nice knowing that their value has increased over time.

I could list all the dates that offer a good return, but you can find them online just as easily. Let me just mention a couple. The 1925D in XF.....$90. The 1926S....$190 (these are "Red Book" prices, and many variables may come into play).

1926 S Mercury Dime

My second favorite coin? The Buffalo nickel. Why? Because they represent the rugged beginnings of our country, and because the design, both obverse and reverse are unlike any others issued by the mint. I spent a few years, early on, buying all the Buffalo’s I could, "just to have"!

Do you have a favorite coin? If so, take a few minutes and tell me what it is, and why it's your favorite. You can do this in the comments area on my blog.

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ROMAN COIN HOARD FOUND

Thanks again to Eddy Current, and to the UK and European Metal Detecting forum for the following update...

Roman Coin Hoard Found with Euro Ace

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GREAT IDEA FOR CLUBS

My friend Robbie Morin, is a member of the Montgomery County Artifacts & Recovery Club in Houston, an organization that started back in 1982. Being the creative person he is, he decided to chronicle the club's past by writing a book, and printing enough for each member in the club. It's a retrospective of the club's thirty years, and includes photos, old newsletters, a listing of past officers, member and club accolades, past guest speakers, and even photos of detector models available during that time.

I really enjoyed going through this book, and hope your club might give some thought to doing something similar, especially if it's been in existence for some time, and has kept records from early on. It's something members might want to pay for and a memento of shared good times....

Thanks Robbie. Great idea and nicely done!!

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April 12, 2013

GUESS WHO CAME OUT OF HIS BURROW?

Well, as I mentioned in my post of April 7th, this blog's favorite fan, Paul Barford, was the guest speaker Wednesday, at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, UK. From all accounts the talk was typical Barford BS, as in how detectorists are destroying history, how his Artifact Erosion Counter proves it, and how, if he had his way, the pastime would be strictly licensed, among other things.

The following in-person account of his talk was sent to me by a friend in the UK, and was posted on a forum there.....

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BARFORD

Well, TBH.....anyone expecting anything new would have been disappointed. It was billed as a seminar, with a Powerpoint presentation by his nibs that should have taken 40 minutes, followed by a similar amount of time allotted to debate. However, due to repeated IT failures with the projector, the debating period was much truncated, culminating in a move to another auditorium, which was a great shame because that was by far the most interesting part of the afternoon.

Clive, Tom and I represented the 'unwashed artefact hunters/collectors' and East Anglian Archaeology was well represented by Jude Plouviez, Robert Rose etc and by Helen Geake. About 20 people attended.

I videoed the presentation up to a point just prior to the final failure of the projector, but to be honest, there wasn't much new. It was all very statistic-based, pretty unscientific and drew heavily on the magical Barford/Swift artefact counter that IMO is about as pie in the sky as it gets. Although it took PB about 10 minutes to mention Metal Detectorists - it was largely all about us of course.....and the picture he paints of hobby Metal Detecting is not a pretty one.

He portrays us as a group of scheming, self-centred 'artefact hunters' who care little for the Archaeological Context of our finds and far more for the value of the coin/artefact itself - monetary or otherwise. NOTHING was mentioned in the presentation of any of the outstanding contributions made by the hobby to wider archaeology, the endless volunteering, or the alturistic nature of many of us. He refuted David Lammy's quote that Hobbyists are the 'unsung heroes of the UK's Heritage.' Surprise, surprise. Hobbyist metal detecting was always going to be a compromise as far as the Archaeological Establishment was concerned, but in BarfordWorld, compromise is very much a dirty word.

After the presentation, during open debate, he was asked how he would address some of the the concerns he had raised. And it will come as little surprise to many here that he advocated:

  • 1. Strict licensing of the hobby.
  • 2. Legislation that re-defines 'Treasure'.
  • 3. An extension in the scope and scale of the Scheduling of sites where significant finds have been made.

The Crosby-Garrett Helmet was mentioned more than once - and here I did have some sympathy for his argument, until he destroyed it with some fatuous argument regarding detectorists in Poland. His argument was that Polish (licensed) detectorists (there are a growing number of them), are largely concerned with researching, detecting and recording WW2 sites.

He was asked what would happen when one of these Polish detectorists stumbled accross finds of a more ancient nature. He intimated that these finders would all be inclined to report these finds - and when they did, that no restrictions would then be placed upon them, but that more stringent recording criteria might be imposed. IMO and with experience of the British model, what is more likely to happen is that the more ancient find is likely to go unrecorded, since it would be highly likely to jeopardize further access to the site. It's happened here many times. It might be very interesting to discern just how much illegal metal detecting is conducted on Archaeological Sites in Europe where blanket licensing is enforced, but I expect PB's magical artefact counter might just blow a fuse!

I said the most interesting part of the seminar was the public debate and I have to say that I was very pleased with the questions posed by Plouviez, Geake and Rose. They raised some sound points and while it stopped short of endorsement, it seemed clear to me that the PAS model of dealing with hobbyist detecting is preferable among them to the majority of mainland European models. That at least is something?! Jude Plouviez mentioned that of all the sites in Suffolk listed on the HER, c. 10% were down to the efforts of Hobbyist Metal Detecting alone. One day, she might forgive me for quoting her! But I think the Suffolk statistics are probably not that extraordinary.

Neither of course, is the wider contribution that hobbyists continue to make to our Heritage, which went completely unacknowledged by PB. In any future debate, I would like to see a greater number of Establishment experts invited - Martin Allen from the EMC perhaps, experts from the field of Iron Age coinage and certainly the likes of Rod Blunt and other Big Guns from detectorist ranks, to name but a few. 40 minutes was not long enough for a proper debate, but what was clear from today is that according to PB, it's very much business as usual. Disappointing.

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Apparently the audience was mainly of the archaeological camp (nothing new there), and the question and answer part of the program, all too short. While Mr. Barford finally ventured out into the daylight, allowing all to see the face behind the vitriol, I wondered what miracle caused this abrupt turn about. Is he turning over a new leaf? Could it be that he was paid very handsomely for showing up? Or could it simply be a Barford ego trip? My money is on the latter.

In case you think I am the only one who finds Mr. Barford to be a distasteful individual, check out the comments of April 2nd and April 7th on the Cultural Property Observer blog. If you are interested, here is the NPR Story referenced....

Time will tell what this "coming out" means, but I know for sure it will not alter Paul Barford's dislike for those of us who enjoy this pastime.

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PAUL BARFORD AS VIEWED FROM THE MALAMUTE SALOON

Well apparently there are brainwaves traveling across the pond because Bubba wants to talk about the aformentioned Mr. Barford as well. To read his take on things simply click HERE.

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RECENT ARTICLES

Thanks again to Eddy Current (UK) for the following articles. If you are on Facebook be sure to type his name in the search area, then "like" his page. Eddy is current on all things detecting, and will keep you up-to-date on all the important issues and happenings....

Replica Seal Is Presented

Man Ready to Claim Treasure Found in a Book

Broighter Hoard Part of Town's Celebration

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April 10, 2013

BIG TONY FROM BAYONNE AND HIS WASTED DAY

I miss New Jersey a great deal, but at this moment I am glad I live at a distance. You see I pissed off Big Tony from Bayonne, and that's something you never want to do. Big Tony (Tony Conti) is an old treasure hunting friend from North Jersey, and will travel any distance to find "good stuff". But it better be there when he arrives, and it better be "damn good stuff"....

A couple of months ago I happened to mention my old high school in Lambertville, New Jersey, which at the time, was nothing more than a shell, having been razed by a fire years ago and was awaiting the wrecking ball. Built in 1854, it closed it's doors in 1959 (yours truly was a member of the last graduating class) after a new consolidated school was built a few miles away. I further suggested that, given it's age, it had to be a haven for anyone with a metal detector, and went so far as to describe the grounds as best I could.....

Tony and a companion (probably either Big Paulie, or Louie Bagels) found my tip too good to pass up, and drove the 65 miles to little Lambertville and my old high school. Much to their dismay (and me now looking over my shoulder), the school had been demolished and the surrounding area was heavily overgrown. According to Tony, nothing but bricks and crap! Their finds were nada, and they were even accosted by a neighbor telling them they had to clean up the area.

When Tony got home he emailed me a few photos taken with his smart phone, and let me know in no uncertain terms how he felt, and that he and his friend were not going back. At that point I started thinking about changing my phone number, and even moving, but then finally figured that Tony was getting along in years, and would probably get over it quickly. At least that's what I was hoping. I told him how sorry I was, and promised to send a few cigars and a bottle of Sambuca Romana to make up for it ....

What Tony saw when he got there
Another photo from Tony
Tony had to rub it in....
Tony's finds for the day

I have not been back to Lambertville for sometime, but if that area gets cleaned up, and is available, I will be there in a heart beat. I remember all the areas outside where the gang gathered, waiting for the bell to start the day, and the dirt volley ball court halfway up the steps to the right of the school. Most vivid in my mind is the atheletic field at the top of the steps, behind the school. All sorts of activities took place there and for many, many years. If it's not been built upon, and if it's not severely overgrown, it has to hold not just "good stuff" but "great stuff! You will see these steps towards the end of the following video, and you will hear a Lambertville resident tell about playing football there.

I am still looking out my window, keeping an eye out for that black Cadillac, but so far nothing. I am also sending Fay out to check the mailbox (I didn't tell her why). If, by chance, I do not post anything here for a few days, please call the FBI....

Big Tony (Conti) from Bayonne
Tony and his son Jon on the left

For the record, Tony Conti is really a pussycat and great guy, and yes, he does indeed go by "Big Tony from Bayonne" (as noted in a few of his comments on the blog).

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April 9, 2013

RANDOM POSTINGS & BRAINFARTS

Hope by now you are all familiar with the website Detecting Diva. If not check it out. I know the Diva, a.k.a. Detectorista, and she is one very good detectorist. She puts many of the guys out there to shame, and will rub it in if she gets the chance. Her kids recently surprised her with the following auto adornment, and I thought it was pretty neat.

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MORE CLUB NEWSLETTERS

Passing on a couple more newsletters that I find interesting and well done. If you are following the Cook County situation, there's additional information in the Midwest Historical Research Society's latest. Likewise if you are interested in the forthcoming Go Minelabbing event be sure to check out the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club's newsletter.


MIDWEST HISTORICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY

SOUTH JERSEY METAL DETECTING CLUB

MICHIGAN TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB

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FEEDBACK ON THE CITIZEN ARCHAEOLOGY PERMIT

Found the responses to this issue on the Florida Public Archaeology Network site, and thought I would pass them along. Scott Clark offered up a few suggestions, but it appears the responses here are what I called "preconceived" or "canned".

Responses to the FPAN state on the Citizen Archaeology Permit
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A FOLLOWUP TO MY COMMENT ABOUT TASK FORCE WEBSITE

I usually share my website and blog updates on a few Facebook related sites, as well as a couple of forums. As a result a couple of individuals noticed the Ceritification program on the updated Task Force site, and commented as follows "I've got mine (printed certificate)" and the other, "now I can dig anywhere". Both comments were in jest of course, but I think the Task Force needs to explain that the printed ceritficate or card does not really entitle anyone to anything. That was my point when I said I was not sure just what it would certify you to do. I understand the intent of the TF, but I think a little clarification is in order. JMO.

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JOHN HOWLAND AND MORE ON THE PAS

John Howland sent along an interesting update on the Portable Antiquity Scheme, and I think you will enjoy it. He indeed likes to rub it in too whenever he gets the chance. To read John's latest contribution click HERE.

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April 8, 2013

A LONG AWAITED UPDATE FROM THE TASK FORCE

Received an email from Avery Marder this morning informing me that the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights has finally updated their website, and I urge you to check it out by clicking here. At first glace it looks the same but there are a few new things...

The group now has the support of Whites, Fisher and Garrett, and I am very happy to see that. For too long it was labeled a Minelab group, and that always left a few wondering what gives, including yours truly. Next they have added a "certification" link, which at first glance seems like a good thing, but after going through the three steps invovled I am not sure just what it certifies you to do? Maybe Avery can clarify....

More importantly they have shared what it is they are doing to tackle problem areas in Cook County, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky and New York city. Hopefully there will be "regular" updates on all three of these areas.

My big complaint about the website update? While there is a "contact us" link, there's no way to contact the officers personally. I would have liked to have seen email addresses for all, and a paragraph or two telling more about who they are, their backgrounds, maybe even a photo, etc..

Overall I am happy that the group has finally come out of hibernation, and very pleased to see the additional support from the manufacturers. Hopefully there will be updates on a regular basis and even more transparency as time goes on.

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HOWLAND FINDS THE RIGHT MENU

To understand John Howland's post of today, one must see Paul Barford's post of today. Otherwise it might seem moot or confusing. Leave it to him as well to take things to the next level. I am beginning to think he has a deep seated love for these two individuals, and is just hurt because he was not invited to lunch. To read his latest off-the-wall thoughts and scribbles, click HERE.

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April 7, 2013

I'M HAVING A PITY PARTY

When I started detecting in the late 70's the majority of those with detectors were searching for coins. There were prospectors too, but by and large the manufacturers were targeting people like me, who just wanted to fill in their coin collections. Detector models like Coinmaster, Coin King, Cash Finder, Coin Hunter and Coin Magnum were commonplace.

Today we still have a few models with the word "coin" in their name, but for the most part the industry is more concerned with the relic hunter and the beach hunter. This is easy to understand because as I said in yesterday's post, those of us hunting for coins are losing ground every day, thanks to careless detecting practices. As the popularity of our pastime increases, so do the instances of park closings....city, county and state.

On the other hand relic hunters, so far, have it pretty easy in that they typically hunt on private land. Likewise beach and surf hunters are free to do their thing wth hardly any restrictions. Those of us in the hinterland however now have to fend for ourselves. Though we try and right the wrongs that others have done, it's extremely hard to fight city hall. For whatever reason, those who put these bans in place have no understanding whatsoever of who we are, and how we go about practicing our sport.

Do they know about the trash we remove from parks? No. Do they know how healthy a hobby this is, especially for seniors? No. Do they know how many rings and other valuables we return to owners? No. Do they know about the historical items we often share with local historical societies and museums? No. Do they know how much we give back to the community via donations and charities? No. I could go on, but those of you reading this understand...

So, to sum up, I am hoping that someone out there will feel extremely sorry for me, and send me a tip or two about a few local virgin sites where I can practice my coin shooting skills (if that's not possible you can always send cash). I am also hoping that something down the road will happen that corrects all the wrongs, and makes things better for those of us who coinshoot (I am not holding my breath).

In the meantime, pity me (sigh..).

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GREAT POST FROM JOHN WINTER

Please take a few minutes and check out the artistic talents of Steve Halward by visiting the John Winter blog. John has featured Steve's works in the past and every piece knocks me out. What's amazing is that he does it with what we call "junk". Thanks John for sharing and my hats off to you Steve.

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PAUL BARFORD TO BE GUEST SPEAKER

Well this should be an interesting event....Paul Barford, every treasure hunter's favorite archaeologist, will be the guest speaker for a University Campus Suffolk "Heritage Seminar", April 10th, at the Neptune Quay campus,Ipswich, in the UK. The program will be held in the UCS Waterfront building, and will begin at 4:30.

As you can see from these pre-presentation comments his reputation precedes him. Needless to say, I would love to be there to hear what Mr. Barford has to say, but I am hoping that a few detectorists will attend and share their views with me afterwards. I somehow doubt however that there will be a question and answer session involved.

Too all the the caretakers at the Ipswich campus.....have shovels at the ready!

Lest there be any bitching or gnashing of teeth from Mr. Barford about me sharing this information.....he was all too willing to promote the event in his April 2nd blog post.

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April 6, 2013

IS THIS THE NEXT FRONTIER?

I've begun to notice that more and more treasure hunters are now heading "out of town" to detect. "Rural" seems to be the key word now, as in open fields and wooded areas. Places where one might find the remnants of an old homesite or cellar hole, or just an off chance dropped coin or relic.

I'd like to think this move to the country is because of the potential it offers, but my gut tells me it's because we are losing ground in the urban areas thanks to our careless recovery techniques, negligence and disrespect for others.

One by one we are losing our access to parks, and other community areas. Of course some times these restrictions are the result of overzealoous achaeologists, who want us to disappear completely, or elected officials who simply do not understand what it is we do,or who cave in to special interests.

I think it's great that many detecting clubs now hold monthly hunts for their members in these rural areas, charging one or two members each month to be responsible for finding them. All of these of course are held with the landowner's permission (a few clubs pay a fee for the privilege), and yes I am well aware these sites will never match those in the UK, but they do offer a day of detecting without looking over your shoulder, and some times a few unexpected surprises. Another plus? Peace and quiet!

Over the years I have hunted plowed and furrowed fields as well as heavily wooded areas, thorougly enjoying the experience, and sometimes coming home with one or two totally unexpected, valuable finds. I highly recommend a "walk in the woods".

Remember that when driving the countryside what you see from the road does not always tell the story of what lies further in, and in my mind, it's the next frontier for many of us (if you haven't already viewed it, check out the video by Todd Hiltz that I posted here on March 29th).

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FEW RECENT ARTICLES

New Mexico Man to Face Charges

Virgina State Relic Hunters Warned to Stay Clear of National Parks

Plymouth Man Bags Over £30k From Dad's Hidden Coin Collection

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NEW CLUB FORMING

If you detect and live in the Witchita, Kansas area a new club is forming. To Lean more be sure to visit Steve's Sunken Treasures. Steve's blog is a good one as well, and I recommend adding it to your list of favorites.

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"TINFOIL TIMES" FROM THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB...

I like to share some of the better club newsletters from time to time, and the Tin Foil Times is one of those. The Gold Coast Treasure Hunters have been in existence now for 40 years, and that in itself is a great accomplishment. You can read their April newsletter by clicking here. Thanks to and congratulations to, Linda Bennett, the newsletter editor. Great job Linda!

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April 4, 2013

SMALL IS GOOD BUT GETTING OLD IS NOT!

Was reading the latest issue of Western & Eastern Treasures, and Ben Myer's field test of the MXT Pro caught my eye. It's my detector of choice, and I was curious to see what his thoughts were. I've known Ben for some time, and I knew he would give an honest assessment.

I had to get through the first couple of pages to actually get to the "field test" (don't understand the need to tell about the features when one can view the owner's manual on line?), but once I did, one thing that Ben recommended really hit home. The MXT Pro should come "standard" with a smaller searchcoil. Don't ge me wrong, I have used the 12 inch spider coil, but only in special situations such as searching large fields, or sites that have been hit hard. I am a coin hunter and I use the smaller 5.3 coil most all the time. I tend to think that sometimes we are too caught up in the "bigger is better" syndrome?

My preference for the smaller coil could be my imagination, or just a brain fart from the early days, but I find them easier to swing, and much more able to find that small dime in a trashy area. I have also used the 4x6 elliptical coil in areas where the 5 inch, believe it or not, was seeing too much. I know you will say that I am missing those deeper coins, and you may be right, but I also know what works for me, and it's hard to change an old man's mind....

Look back at the older treasure magazines, and you will note that larger coils were not standard gear with the various models being offered. The norm was a 7" coil, and if you could afford it, you added the larger coil later (usually much later). I remember those detectors fondly, and I guess that's why I am still looking for a White's 6000di detector, have a Garrett Groundhog (VLF/TR) in the closet, and why I like knobs, switches, and the "S" shaped designs....and oh yeah, I loved the hip-mount option!

I am quite aware that today's detectors go deeper, have more features, but they often have a sharp learning curve, and that's something I have a problem with (at my age I could die before I finished reading the manual)! Yes I know, I could take the time, read, experiment, fiddle around, flip this, push that, and eventually understand all the various bells and whistles, but honestly I would much rather spend that time in the field swinging the coil (the smaller one of course). Am I lazy? Am I averse to change? Am I hard headed? You bet!

The older I get, the better I understand my father's somewhat eccentric and very narrow views, even though at the time I laughed at them. He could have been Archie Bunker's brother! He was very set in his ways, hated change, and more than happy to tell you why. He never liked cars with automatic transmissons, hated "solid state electronics (was a "tube kinda guy") and only got a color TV because my brother and I bought him one. Even then he did not want to part with the 12" black and white, and despite the color TV, he spent most of the time listening to the radio in his downstairs workshop. And oh yeah, he was one of those who thought the Apollo 11 moon landing took place in a Hollywood studio.

Enter stage right, yours truly, now approaching the ripe old age of 72, and already stepping into my father's shoes. You can laugh if you want, but I will use that smaller coil, will not wear a camera on my head, nor use the most expensive headphones on the market. Forgive me too if I prefer to find that elusive coin with a probe instead of my pinpointer, or wear a $1.00 carpenter's apron instead of that expensive leather pouch you have. Also, I will not wear camouflage, and I will sit my ass down whenever I damn well please and rest as long as I want. You see I sometimes have aches and pains, and in case you didn't know, they go along with getting older.

Lastly, if it's any consolation, I do believe that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. I also believe in Big Foot and the Easter Bunny!

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THE GREAT APRIL FOOL CAPER

The April Fool's Day post, and the one the day after, resulted in the most views ever on Stout Standards, and while I am happy, I am wondering how to follow up on that now. I am a pretty good bullshitter, but now you are on to me, so how do I retain any respectability and gain your trust again? To top it off John Howland was also lying his butt off too, but then again that's nothing new.

I know for sure I disappointed a couple of regulars, but I also had fun with a couple too. So I will move on to other things, and simply remind you all to look at the calendar from time to time, and don't be an April fool again.

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MORE RECENT ARTICLES....

Thanks to Eddy Current and Jessie Thompson for sharing the following...

152-year-old Civil War tag wins metal detecting competition

The Treasure That Sank the Spanish Empire

Man to Return Civil War Indentification Ring

Pirate Ship to be Displayed

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April 2, 2013

BAFFLING THEM WITH BS!

Could not believe the response to yesterday's post. Apparently those of you who visit here do not know me very well, and not aware of my standing within the archaeological community. Yesterday was April 1st (as in April Fool's Day) just in case you didn't know. Aside from all the encouragement about the forthcoming meeting with an archaeologist, someone actually took the time to contact Texas A &M to make sure I wasn't being bamboozled (his name shall remain anonymous). Likewise only two people picked up on the 1916D Merc photos.

John's post in the Malamute Saloon was also tongue in cheek, and I suspect it had a couple of arkies a little worried. I hate to say it but the ole "baffle them with bullshit" theory really does work. Then again I should know that. Archaeologists use it on a daily basis.

Here's hoping my fun and games didn't disappoint or piss off too many of you....

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RECENT ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Google Launchs Treasure Mode

‘Banger Boys’ & ‘Hoard Hunters’ Coming to History Channel

1794 Silver Dollar sets 10 Million Record

Pre-Christian Coin Declared Treasure

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JOHN HOWLAND WITH NEWS ABOUT FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE

John made me aware of a forthcoming conference in the UK that should be interesting. The comments about our contributions to the public are right on the money. Hope you will read more by clicking HERE. He also penned a good article about stolen antiquities that will give you some food for thought.

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COOK COUNTY

Last thing I heard on this subject was that the folks in Illinois were waiting to see if an attorney would take on the issue. Also have not heard anymore from the three major groups as to their plans on tackling this issue. The Task Force site hasn't had an update since April of last year, and the FMDAC site has no mention of it. Likewise the WATTS group seems much to busy promoting their events to mention it as well....

So, now that I pissed them all off again, I suspect I will hear something, so stay tuned...

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April 1, 2013

THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING!

Received an email from a Texas A & M archaeologist named W.D. Willborn, inviting me to have dinner with him Thursday, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (one of the finest restaurants here in Dallas). Apparently he has been following my blog, and wants to talk about a way we might join forces and start working together. He went on to say there's an archaeological project coming up that I might be interested in being part of. Hmmm, who knew arkies were checking out Stout Standards? I am stunned.....

I have already started perusing the online menu and wine list of the restaurant, and will be sure to share with you just how this meeting turns out. Should be very, very interesting.

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A GOOD DAY AND ONE KEEPER

Managed to get out yesterday for about two hours, and managed to find a silver dime, plus the usual clad. Not a great day, but again, anytime I come home with silver I am happy.

Hoping to get out some tomorrow as well, weather permitting. The temps are now in the 70's and 80's, and so far the back is not hurting too much.

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TECHNOLOGY COMING

Be sure to read John Howlands latest update. He shares some space age news about new detecting technology that should make you stand up and take notice. One can only imagine what the future holds for this pastime. To read more click HERE

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