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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