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Tonight’s New “Diggers” Episodes: “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar”

Diggers’ KG and Ringy haven’t hit the big screen yet, but tonight’s new episodes focus on storylines represented in Hollywood blockbuster movies. “12 Years a Slave” was a 2013 Academy-Award winning movie which chronicles the life of Solomon Northup in 1853. Then, “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar” relives the themes from Disney’s Academy-Award winning picture Pocahontas—with Mel Gibson starring as Captain John Smith.

This season’s Diggers TV series has received accolades from the Society of American Archaeology, as there has been a much greater focus on the historical data gathered and the significance of the Diggers’ finds. National Geographic Channel’s staff archaeologist, Marc Henshaw appears in all of the new episodes to document and catalog the items using GPS. Local historians and other archaeologists have also been invited to appear and comment on each of the episodes this season. You may have noticed that the dollar value of the artifacts are no longer shown. Instead, “Diggers” explains that they always get permission to metal detect on private land, the artifacts will be the property of the landowner or a museum, in turn helping future generations to enjoy the local history uncovered.

Be sure to tune for two new “Diggers” episodes tonight!

“12 Years a Slave:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York who was kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery in 1841. Slave auction traders sold him to a plantation owner in central Louisiana, where Northup worked on many plantations from Rapides to Avoyelles Parishes, Louisiana. Once freed, Northup worked with a ghost writer to chronicle the egregious acts of one owner as well as kind acts from others from 1841-1853. His slave narratives prompted Central Louisiana citizens to open the “Solomon Northup Trail” in 1985. KG and Ringy set out with metal detectors along the Northup Trail with stops at the Norwood Plantation. They are hoping to find evidence of Northup and his enslaved comrades from their arduous existence. Ringy is surprised by his first amazing recovery—Lady Liberty seated silver quarters from 1854.

“Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Tonight on “Diggers,” KG and Ringy are searching for artifacts that date back to the 1600’s! These were the days of early Colonial America with fascinating tales of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Captain Smith was an English explorer whose incredible adventures, including his Chesapeake Bay voyages back in 1608 and encounters with Chesapeake Indians, have gone down in history. He is credited with saving the colony of Virginia (in Jamestown) due to his leadership and fighting skills, and talent for building alliances with Native Americans. In later years however, Smith was captured and held hostage by French pirates. The Diggers have gained access to 3 sites along Smith’s route in Virginia. After they unearth one of their oldest finds to date, KG and Ringy are chomping at the bit to start digging for some sweet Virginia Colonial nectar!

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor attribute much of their success to their Garrett metal detectors. On the show, you will see them interchangeably using the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold. For a Garrett metal detector comparison of the AT Series detectors, see this video.  They also utilize pinpointers to locate each item while digging. Diggers’ pinpointers include the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

 

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New “Diggers” Episodes Put Metal Detecting Spin on Blockbuster Movies

Captain John Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area.

Monday night on Diggers TV show, the Diggers set foot in Virginia to follow in the exact footsteps of Captain John Smith. Captain Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area.

If you’ve been following “Diggers” KG and Ringy around the U.S. countryside on Monday nights this summer, you’ll definitely want to tune in to the next two exciting episodes: “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar.” The Diggers are going back CENTURIES ago to the 1600’s and the 1800’s. KG says they have never searched for artifacts that are 400 years old! Montana-based extreme metal detectorists Tim Saylor and George Wyant will attempt to dig up archeological items that will link us closer to the days of Louisiana and slavery; and substantiate the folklore surrounding John Smith and Pocahontas. Monday night,  “Diggers- Saratoga” kept us on the edge of our seats in as they searched for Revolutionary War artifacts from the Battle of Saratoga, in New York. Both Diggers went crazy when Ringy discovered a 1723 King George colonial coin. If you missed this week’s episodes, tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight – August 28, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT. As metal detecting hobbyists, It’s rewarding to see how detectors can actually piece together important events in history.

Diggers Next Destinations: The Louisiana Bayou and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Region

First the Diggers are headed to Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, for their version of the Academy Award winning, “12 Years a Slave.” This is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was  kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery. In the 1840’s, his abductors lured him from his home in New York and sold him at a slave auction, which landed him in Louisiana. KG and Ringy have been granted permission to detect along the Solomon Northup Trail, and we can expect the boys to uncover some serious “nectar.” Then, the Diggers set foot in the “Northern Neck” of Virginia to follow in the exact footsteps of Captain John Smith. Captain Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area. He set out to map the area and discover a route to the Pacific Ocean. KG and Ringy say it’s a true privilege to have detecting access at 3 sites along Captain John Smith’s route. Jumping for joy after uncovering a Colonial-era (1492-1763) find, we can’t wait to see the centuries’ old relics these guys will unearth!

Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 31, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

“12 Years a Slave:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

“Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the TV Show

Whether the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold, Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor are always equipped with Garrett metal detectors. They also swear by pinpointers to locate each item more precisely. On the show, you’ll see them use the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, see this video. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for Diggers episode descriptions.

“Diggers” Fans—Tune in Tonight for 2 New Episodes: “Saratoga” and “Santa Fe Trail”

Tonight’s "Diggers" TV show episode “Saratoga” features metal detecting for archaeological artifacts at "The Marshall House" which was used by the British as a field hospital.

Tonight’s “Diggers” TV show episode “Saratoga” features metal detecting for archaeological artifacts at “The Marshall House” which was used by the British as a field hospital.

Ready for some high-intensity metal detecting? Tune in to “Diggers” tonight on Nat Geo! Ringy and KG will be hiking along the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico on the same route as the Wild West gangsters back in the 1800’s. The old saloons along the trail are ghost towns now, but there may still be loot stashed. Then, turn back time even more to the American Revolutionary-era. “Diggers” episode: “Saratoga” focuses on the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle which turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. “Rev” artifacts are exciting finds and big ticket items, so relic hunters won’t want to miss this new episode.

The “Diggers” series is entertaining for all metal detecting enthusiasts! Seasoned detectorists can relate to the thrill KG and Ringy experience as they unearth each unique find. And the show is perfect for new hobbyists who are learning their way. It’s useful to see how the Diggers’ maneuver their detectors, use various search coils and search in a transect pattern. Newbies will also see the benefits of utilizing a pinpointer—as the Diggers’ demonstrate its use in target recovery. The new orange Garrett Pro-Pointer AT can be seen in the field with the Diggers in this season’s new episodes. When meticulously searching for artifacts for the Peshtigo Fire Museum (as in last week’s “America’s Deadliest Fire”) it’s easy to see why a pinpointer is essential.

Tune in tonight  for new “Diggers” episodes on National Geographic Channel:

“Saratoga:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

The Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War was the result of a plan-gone-bad by British General John Burgoyne. Burgoyne’s strategy involved three British forces meeting at a post in Saratoga, New York. However, the plan was foiled when British troops never managed to converge. The Redcoats were overpowered by America’s Continental Army; and Burgoyne surrendered his army to American General Horatio Gates on October 17, 1777. This victory convinced France that America was leading the war, initiating French troops and supplies to be sent here. Diggers’ KG and Ringy are thrilled to gain exclusive access to three sites from the famous Battle of Saratoga. The Marshall House was a “witness house” during battle (sustaining gunfire), so it’s no surprise that KG and Ringy  uncover some serious “Rev” nectar here!

“Santa Fe Trail:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Tonight on “Diggers,” KG and Ringy are trailblazing with detectors through the Old West Santa Fe Trail. Historians say the conquest of the American West is one of the best adventure stories in history—and the Santa Fe Trail was the route that made it possible. This road to the West was the main route for traders and travelers; and in the mid 1850’s, the Santa Fe Trail became a busy highway of commerce. It was also a treacherous trail at times because outlaws and robbers would intercept caravans of wagons. These were the days of Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. KG and Ringy head to Loma Parda, New Mexico (the original sin city) where saloons, gambling and gunfights were commonplace in the 1860’s. Perhaps they can uncover a buried stash of stolen loot! They also visit Watrous, New Mexico—the site of Fort Barclay. Armed guards and Cavalry were stationed at Fort Barclay to keep the peace and protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Look forward to the Diggers recovering a bunch of artifacts at Fort Barclay, including an intriguing Eagle button that belonged to a member of the Cavalry. This Wild West episode is full of adventure and excitement!

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Whether the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold, Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor are always equipped with Garrett metal detectors. They also swear by pinpointers to locate each item more precisely. On the show, you’ll see them use the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, see this video. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!
Be sure to tune in to “Diggers” every Monday night!

Metal Detecting and Geocaching With a Metal Detector Combined

Since geocaching and metal detecting have so much in common, people from both camps seem to come together while enjoying their hobby, meeting outdoors by chance or on purpose. Geocaching with a metal detector offers metal detectorists the opportunity to find treasures buried at predetermined locations using GPS points posted on an association website. And, many detectorists report finding other treasures while hunting for the geocache as well.

All you need to begin geocaching with a metal detector yourself is a GPS, the coordinates for the geocache you hope to find, a digging tool, and a metal detector. The best metal detectors for geocaching with a metal detector is one that has a ground balance control so you can use the machine in pretty much any type of soil conditions easily. A built in pinpointer would also be good to have to help you find the buried geocache faster. As far as digging tools for geocaching with a metal detector go, a metal detecting trowel should be sufficient.

For more on geocaching with metal detectors, please take a minute to review these articles from our learning library. They’ll help you find the best metal detector, the right digging tools, and more so you can start enjoying the awesome hobby of geocaching with a metal detector today!

- Geocaching with a Metal Detector and Metal Detecting – Two Exciting Hobbies Combined

- How to Select a Metal Detector

- Digging Etiquette and The Best Tools for Target Retrieval

Upcoming “Diggers” TV Episodes – Fending Off Outlaws and Redcoats

A Revolutionary War musket ball. On next Monday night's Diggers episode “Saratoga”, the Diggers will be metal detecting for items from this same era.

A Revolutionary War musket ball. On next Monday night’s Diggers episode “Saratoga”, the Diggers will be metal detecting for items from this same era.

Monday’s have been great TV nights this summer thanks to the thrill-seeking “Diggers” on the National Geographic Channel. And actually, Friday nights too! If you missed the new shows on Monday, they re-air every Friday night. During Season 4, “Diggers” has really covered the gamut of American past—from Civil War exploration, to sites of the Revolutionary era, to hunting pirate islands; famous folklore and detecting WWI airfields as well as the stomping grounds of infamous outlaws and Wild West bandits. There’s no shortage of entertainment as Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) celebrate each of their treasure finds. From diving into the grass to jumping three feet in the air, it’s obvious that metal detecting is their true passion. This week, KG hollered in glee when he unearthed an 1868 3-cent piece. This is a rare coin to find and may have been dropped during “America’s Deadliest Fire” in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Ringy did the “nectar” dance of joy when he found a solid silver pocket watch in the Shiloh Battlefield during “Battle of Shiloh.” The ornate pocket watch was popular in the 1860’s among Union soldiers. If you missed these episodes, tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight – August 21, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT.

Next Up: Diggers Hit the Treasure Hunting Trails of Saratoga, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico

Look forward to some really cool detecting next week on new “Diggers” episodes “Saratoga” and “Santa Fe Trail.” The Battle of Saratoga takes us back to 1777 during the Revolutionary War. Diggers’ KG and Ringy are honored to have been invited to detect three key sites in Saratoga, New York. Historians are hoping to recover Revolutionary-era artifacts to display at popular war history museums. In the Battles of Saratoga, America’s Continental Army overthrew the Redcoats—which turned the tide of the war. It looks like the Diggers are pulling out some amazing finds, including a chain shot from a cannon! KG and Ringy can’t wait to hit the “Santa Fe Trail” in New Mexico. They are searching the original sin city, Loma Parda, New Mexico where Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and every other outlaw passed through. In the late 1800’s, parts of the Santa Fe Trail were dangerous neighborhoods, due to the lawless gangsters and debauchery. Barclay Fort was set up to protect travelers along the trail. It is here that Ringy finds a mint-condition Cavalry button from one of the deputies.

New Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 24, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

“Saratoga:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

“Santa Fe Trail:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the TV Show

The Diggers are equipped with Garrett metal detectors - among their favorites are the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold. You will see KG and Ringy search their holes with a Garrett pin-pointer for precision when digging. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT, feature easy one-button operation that alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Come back each week for Diggers episode descriptions here on the MetalDetector.com Blog.

Riveting New “Diggers” Episodes Tonight! “Battle of Shiloh” and “America’s Deadliest Fire”

Garrett Ace 350 Metal Detector

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor depend on Garrett metal detectors in the field. The Garrett Ace 350 packs a lot of easy to use features into an affordable metal detector.

Compelling investigation into another major Civil War battle continues tonight on the “Diggers” new episode: “The Battle of Shiloh.” KG and Ringy trek through the Shiloh, Tennessee woods and fields searching for Civil War “nectar” from the Confederate soldiers who were stationed there in 1862. Additionally, tonight’s new “Diggers” episode, “America’s Deadliest Fire” is extremely important to historians and descendants of the devastating Peshtigo, Wisconsin fire. Diggers’ KG and Ringy are attempting to retrieve railroad relics and family heirlooms that wiped out this thriving town in 1871. It may look like fun and games when Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) are metal detecting, but they’re really helping to document famous events in American history. For instance, last week on “The Real McCoy,” the detecting duo uncovered long sought-after artifacts from the Hatfield-McCoy shoot-out. From bullets embedded in tree bark to a stove pipe and antique toys, there is no doubt that they have located the McCoy homestead. A local historian believes they found a bullet from the gun Devil Anse Hatfield shot himself. Since their initial investigation two years ago, tourists from all over the country have visited the eastern Kentucky sites of the Hatfield-McCoy feuds and toured the museum.

Tune in tonight  for new “Diggers” episodes on National Geographic Channel:

“Battle of Shiloh:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

The Battle of Shiloh was considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War; it was a surprise attack by the Confederate soldiers. In February 1862, Ulysses S. Grant led an assault force of Union troops into Tennessee. It was there that General Grant paused near Shiloh Church to await the arrival of Buell’s Army from Ohio. Grant knew that a large Confederate army  was nearby in Corinth, Mississippi, but he did not expect an attack. On April 6th, 1862, the Confederate forces caught the Union troops completely off guard and after three hours of brutal, bloody fighting, the Confederates began to overrun the Union forces. The Diggers  travel to Shiloh, Tennessee to detect the Confederate campsite, in hopes of finding significant relics from this battle. Archeologist Marc Henshaw is on hand to record and preserve the Diggers’ finds. KG is seen recovering a cannon fuse and Civil War bullets. Ringy scores a period pocket watch and unique minìe balls. Tune in tonight to watch history in the making!

“America’s Deadliest Fire:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But actually, the Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire was “America’s Deadliest Fire”—which occurred on the same day as the Chicago Fire. Peshtigo was a booming frontier town with a busy shipping port. The raging fire (which caused fire tornadoes) is believed to have killed over 1,200 people and essentially wiped out the entire town. According to Peshtigo historian Ron Strojny, the exact cause of the fire has never been determined. However, firsthand accounts do give reasonable explanations and probable cause. The town of Peshtigo was surrounded by miles of thick primary forest, drought combined with man made fires is theorized as the cause. Farmers and laborers used fires to clear forest space in the construction of a railroad. Also, hunters constructed nighttime fires without extinguishing the smoldering embers. On October 8, 1871, a cold front moved in to Peshtigo, bringing strong winds that fanned the fires out of control and escalated them to massive proportions. The Peshtigo Fire Museum asked “Diggers” to explore the town for remnants of the townspeople and the fire. We can look forward to Diggers’ KG and Ringy locating  melted spikes and bolts from the railroad as well as other personal family artifacts.

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor depend on Garrett metal detectors in the field. For a comparison of the two main detectors used on the show, the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold, we filmed a quick video that you can watch. To unearth buried treasure, they are equipped with a Garrett pinpointer. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT feature easy one-button operation to alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Be sure to tune in to “Diggers” every Monday night in August!

Buy Metal Detectors at our Annual Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend Sale August 15-16, 2015

Tax Free Metal Detector Sale: August 15th – 16th, 2015

Buy Metal Detectors at our Annual Massachusetts Tax Free Weekend Sale 2015

Are you looking to get your hands on a new metal detector? Now Massachusetts residents can shop for metal detectors at MetalDetector.com during our upcoming tenth annual tax free weekend sale.

Shop and buy metal detectors during our 10th annual tax free sale weekend In Massachusetts event. You qualify when you place your order online the weekend of August 15-16, 2015.

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The sale takes place online only, on August 15th and 16th, 2015. While you are shopping the tax free event, be sure to check out some of the great metal detectors we stock like the Makro Racer, the Garrett AT Pro (as seen on Diggers TV show) and the XP DEUS wireless metal detector.

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This sales tax free weekend is sponsored by the state of Massachusetts. During the event, your entire purchase will be tax free as long as your order is $2,500 or less and placed online on our website, this Saturday August 15th or Sunday August 16th, 2015.

Now you can get an early jump on your holiday or vacation purchases and make the most of the savings from our Massachusetts metal detector store online. All orders placed on our website over this weekend will be shipped to you on Monday August 17th.

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Shipping is free for orders over $99.95. This includes not only the thousands of metal detectors we stock but also any of the metal detecting accessories we carry. Take a moment to view our bargain center for additional deals and savings on metal detectors. For a peek at some of the exciting treasure finds that can be located with metal detectors, view our exclusive Treasure Finds section called: My Metal Detector Finds.

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Next “Diggers” Episodes – Deadliest Events of the 1800’s

The deep seeking treasure metal detector used on Diggers episode “Band of Brothers” is the Garrett GTI 2500 Pro Package Metal Detector with Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier. Shown left, this unit penetrates ground deeper versus a traditional detector.

The deep seeking treasure metal detector used on Diggers episode “Band of Brothers” is the Garrett GTI 2500 Pro Package Metal Detector with Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier. Shown left, this unit penetrates ground deeper versus a traditional detector.

Season 4 of National Geographic Channel’s “Diggers” has offered viewers nonstop excitement so far, as KG and Ringy boast some epic finds! Last Monday’s “Band of Brothers” was especially fruitful for the Diggers duo and archeologists. The guys searched the exact location where the 101st Airborne division trained during WWII. Also known as the “Easy Company,” this was the storyline from the popular TV series “Band of Brothers.” Both Diggers uncovered live rounds and shell casings that were used during battle training. Historians will curate and display these items at a local museum. In Americus, Georgia, the Diggers were on site at Souther Field, an airbase and training facility that was built in 1918. KG uncovered a 1918 U.S. Army canteen and a data plate from a WWI airplane. Ringy found several copper pieces and chunks of metal, which turned out to be airplane parts. Archeologist Bryan Cunning applauded the Diggers discoveries—he recorded the GPS coordinates of each item for historical relevance.

“The Real McCoy” takes us to Hardy, Kentucky—where the Diggers found Randolph McCoy’s homestead 2 years ago. At that time, they contacted Km McBride and the State Archeology Team to verify that the charred wood was indeed the McCoy home. An entire team of archeologists and excavators were on hand during this episode to locate and pinpoint artifacts. They are looking for evidence from the final showdown between the Hatfields and McCoys. After 25 years of feuding, the Hatfields surrounded the McCoy cabin and engaged in a bloody gundown- later named the New Year’s Massacre of 1888. This time, the Diggers have been asked to find the distribution of bullets to get more finite details of where the attack took place. If you missed these episodes: National Geographic Channel will re-broadcast both shows tonight – August 14, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT. You can read the preview descriptions for these two episodes that we published on Monday morning.

Next Dramatic Diggers Episodes: Deadly Events of the 1800’s

Shiloh, Tennessee, is the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. “Battle of Shiloh” continues the Diggers search for Civil War nectar from Confederate and Union soldiers. In “Grant’s Landing,” the focus was Fort Gibson in Mississippi, where Ulysses S. Grant launched a surprise ambush on some 8,000 Confederate troops. In Shiloh, the Confederate troops attacked Grant’s army, waged from the Tennessee River into Mississippi. In the preview, we see KG uncovering a cannon fuse, which proves a cannon sat right beneath his feet. Ringy finds a period pocket watch and both Diggers find plenty of bullets and ammo. Archeologist Marc Henshaw is hopeful that KG and Ringy will be able to shed some light on the lives of the brave soldiers who fought here. “America’s Deadliest Fire” chronicles the deadliest fire in U.S. history in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Drought conditions caused an intense fire, with the fire and wind causing fire tornadoes that swept through the entire town. According to Ron Strojny, Peshtigo historian, almost half the population of Peshtigo (1,200 people) died in the devastating fire. The town relied on railroads; trains and railways burned and melted in the fire. KG and Ringy were invited by members of the Peshtigo Fire Museum to collect artifacts for the victims’ descendents. The Diggers are hoping to help piece together the town’s forgotten history.

New Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 17, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

- “Battle of Shiloh:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

- “America’s Deadliest Fire:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the TV Show

The Diggers are equipped with Garrett metal detectors, units such as the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold models. You will see KG and Ringy search their holes with a Garrett pin-pointer for precision when digging. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT, feature easy one-button operation that alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Come back each week for Diggers episode descriptions right here on the MetalDetector.com Blog.

 

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New Video: Selecting the Best Metal Detector Pinpointer – How to Video Guide

A hand-held metal detector pinpointer will not only speed your recoveries, but will also keep you from damaging your finds in the hole. This new video is a primer that goes hand-in-hand with our article and guide, What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers? This video looks at the benefits of using a metal detector pinpointer and the types of features you can choose from. Enjoy the video and feel free to contact us with any questions or help in selecting or comparing the best metal detector pinpointer for you.

 

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New “Diggers” Episodes on Tonight! “Band of Brothers” and “The Real McCoy”

Buried planes and family feuds are on the menu for tonight’s new “Diggers” episodes. Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) will visit a huge airfield in Georgia; then head to the Kentucky back hills for extreme metal detecting. Last week, the Diggers gave viewers quite an adrenaline rush with their treasure finds! On the rumored “pirate” Island of St. Croix, Ringy found a rare 1905 Danish dime and a mysterious key. KG uncovered a 19th Century medallion from the British empire, a Chinese bronze coin and various old ammunition. In Grant’s Landing, Mississippi, Civil War historians were thrilled with the Diggers’ historically relevant finds! They dug up priceless Civil War items at the site of Fort Gibson, where 8,000 Confederate troops were encamped in 1863. From minìe balls to pocket knives to cufflinks and Eagle buttons, KG and Ringy definitely provided evidence of where the Union troops came ashore, as well as the battle site location. Kudos to KG and Ringy!

Tune in tonight  for new “Diggers” episodes on National Geographic Channel:

“Band of Brothers:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Diggers’ KG and Ringy take flight to the heart of Dixie—to Souther Field, a former military airfield in Georgia. Souther Field was the foremost air training camp for Army cadets during World War I and World War II. Young pilots (who had never flown before) came to the airfield during WWI to learn how to fly an airplane very quickly. Since then, important aviation war history has been buried here, and KG and Ringy are eager to uncover it! According to local historian, Mike Cochran, the Army buried damaged WWI planes in Souther Field, but they have never been recovered. KG says they’re not leaving until they find the Curtiss Jennie bi-wing airplane. Armed with special metal detecting equipment, you’ll see the Diggers duo walking the airport runways and searching old hangars for WWI and WWII artifacts. Diggers has taken a cue from the “Band of Brothers” TV mini-series, which chronicles the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, and put their extreme metal detecting spin on it. Tune in tonight to see how the Diggers’ flight plan turns out!

“The Real McCoy:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

An archeological dig on the set of TV show Diggers. Watch “The Real McCoy” episode tonight. Photo courtesy of Ron McCoy.

An archeological dig on the set of TV show Diggers. Watch “The Real McCoy” episode tonight. Photo courtesy of Ron McCoy.

To fully understand where the term “family feud” comes from, look no further than the generations-long battle/clash between two backwoods families—the Hatfields and the McCoys. Set in the late 1800s on the state line between West Virginia and Kentucky, both families expressed die-hard loyalties and had intermingling with each other. Some historians believe the bad blood began when the Southern-sympathizing Hatfields murdered a McCoy who had served in the Union Army. The chaos continued when one of the McCoy brothers stabbed and killed Ellison Hatfield. The Hatfields retaliated with a McCoy gun-down before authorities could take action. Later, the Hatfields shot up Randolph McCoy’s family home, which became known as the New Year’s Massacre. In “The Real McCoy,” Diggers’ KG and Ringy trek through the hills of Kentucky, hunting down evidence from the fatal final gunfight. At the site of the McCoy house, the guys are searching for proof that the Hatfields surrounded the McCoy cabin. In the preview, we see the Diggers recovering bullets galore. Could one of these be from “Old Ranel” McCoy himself?

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor often credit their equipment for success. They both use Garrett metal detectors in the field. For a comparison of the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold metal detectors, we filmed a quick video that you can watch. To unearth buried treasure, they are equipped with a Garrett pinpointer. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT feature easy one-button operation to alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Be sure to tune in to “Diggers” every Monday night in August!