Tonight on “Rebel Gold:” Tune in for “In Gold We Trust” on the Discovery Channel!

TV Show Rebel Gold Team of Researchers and Investigators

Read about the team of researchers and investigators assembled for the “Rebel Gold” TV series on Discovery Channel.

Discovery Channel’s new treasure hunting TV series, “Rebel Gold” is taking viewers on a fascinating quest to hunt down an estimated $20 million in hidden Confederate gold. Historians consider this to be America’s greatest unsolved mystery. At the end of the Civil War, with Union troops closing in on him, Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasure guards fled south by train with 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and more. By the time of Davis’ capture, the treasure had vanished. After 150 years, this Rebel Gold is still at large. The “Rebel Gold” team is composed of 7 of the best treasure hunters in the country. If anybody can locate the treasure, it’s this team of experts! Last Tuesday’s episode took place in Danville, Virginia—the first stop along Davis’ route. Larry Cissna and Brandt Arnold divided into two different teams to search separate sites for missing treasure. In Danville, the focus was on locating Mexican silver coins. Part of the Rebel Gold, 39 kegs of silver coins allegedly disappeared in this city.

Men on a Mission: Each with the Same Goal!

At the high point of the Danville search, both teams were buzzing feverishly with metal detectors at the Dan River Plantation. Not only have Mexican coins been found here, many believe this plantation was among Davis’s stops in his mad dash south. Although Brandt Arnold’s team (including Mike Scott and Tracy Short) uncovered an Ice house, their back hoe digging efforts proved futile. Larry Cissna’s team (including Earl Mesimer and relic expert Pete Eles) focused their efforts on digging beneath the floorboards of dilapidated slave quarters. The team found some amazing Civil War relics, including a Confederate military button, but no Mexican silver. Pete Eles is seen using a Lesche digging tool with serrated edge for tough turf as Earl Mesimer sifted dirt through a screen searching for relics with a keen eye. Coming up empty-handed in Danville, both “Rebel Gold” teams are rightfully disappointed (Cissna even fighting back tears). These detectorists have left their business’s and families to go after their dreams of making history. As Cissna and Tracy Short explain, this is the way it goes for treasure hunters. It’s a ton of effort and very rare when you hit the jackpot!

The “Rebel Gold” Team Moves on to Chester, South Carolina

Losing no time in their hunt, team “Rebel Gold” heads south to Chester, South Carolina. Jefferson Davis and his entourage proceeded by train from Danville to Chester with the $20M treasure in tow. They ran into a roadblock in Chester because the train lines running south were destroyed by General Sherman. What to do…what to do? Reports say Davis transferred most of the treasure to horse-drawn wagons, but had to “lighten the load” in order to travel faster. Both Larry and Brandt agree this translates to hiding some of the Rebel Gold in Chester; but they both have their own theories about where Davis hid the loot. Larry believes that Jefferson Davis entrusted the treasure with his inner circle: the “Free Masons.” This secret society dates back to George Washington days and Cissna’s team even finds an ancient scroll of Washington, himself. Team Larry was granted exclusive access to the Chester Mason Lodge, where they investigated vaults of records, leading them to the estate of Nathaniel Greene. The train hauling Rebel Gold camped at Greene’s homestead on April 13, 1865. Unfortunately, with clues ever-abounding, Larry’s team came up empty-handed.

Is Treasure Hidden in the Most Obvious Spot?

Brandt Arnold’s team headed to the Chester Train Depot. Brandt’s theory: Confederates hid the Rebel Gold as quickly as possible in a rather obvious spot: underneath the floor of the train depot. Brandt has been studying the mystery of the hidden Rebel Gold for 18 years and he knows that the wagon caravan consisted of only 11 wagons—which could not have carried ALL of the treasure. Using headlamps and metal detectors, Brandt’s team detected in the dark and treacherous crawlspace beneath the train depot. Although they found valuable antiques (including an 1800’s dispensary bottle), no Rebel Gold surfaced. After admitting defeat, the team headed to the “Spring Campsite,” on Cissna’s hunch that Confederate treasure guards may have buried the Rebel Gold at this camp site. Although this site didn’t deliver any promising finds, the “Rebel Gold” crew is still as optimistic as ever that they will uncover the Confederate treasure at some point in this journey!

Next Up Tonight on Discovery Channel: Lost Gold, Team Will Travel

At the close of the “Chester Treasure” episode, Larry Cissna gets a text from his buddy saying the team needs to get to Washington, Georgia right quick. He’s stumbled across new clues about the treasure’s whereabouts. Interestingly, Washington, GA was the last place Jefferson Davis stayed before his capture by Union troops. Records indicate that the Rebel Gold was actually seen at this location—being divided up. Team “Rebel Gold” will again receive exclusive access to properties never before detected. Will the team discover gold in the uncovered corners of Washington, GA? Tune in tonight to find out!

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Season 1 Episode 3: “In Gold We Trust” airs September 29, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

The “Rebel Gold” Team:

  • Mike Scott: equipment specialist, Director at First Texas Products (Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors)
  • Larry Cissna: life-long treasure hunter
  • Brandt Arnold: Confederate troop expert
  • Earl Mesimer: relic hunter for 30+ years
  • Tracy Short: safety expert, relic hunter
  • Dan Yarrusso: water specialist, long time detectorist
  • Pete Eles: renowned relic expert

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

The team on “Rebel Gold” relies on several high-quality metal detectors during this momentous treasure hunt. Teknetics T2 metal detector is featured on the show, as well as the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors that are ideal for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19 in select episodes. We’re sure you’ll see metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels, as well. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for “Rebel Gold” episode previews and descriptions!

Next up on “Rebel Gold:” Tune in for “Chester Treasure” S01E02 Tonight on the Discovery Channel!

Mike Scott of the Rebel Gold TV show visiting with brothers Daniel, on right and Michael, on left of MetalDetector.com

Mike Scott of the Rebel Gold TV show visiting with brothers Daniel, on right and Michael, on left of MetalDetector.com

Intrigued by the new treasure hunting series, “Rebel Gold” on the Discovery Channel? We definitely applaud the team and producers of this new metal detecting reality TV show! It is perhaps the most compelling treasure hunting series filmed yet. Last Tuesday night’s premiere introduced viewers to an all-star team of relic hunters assembled in order to track down the missing Confederate treasury last held by Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasurer in 1865. 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and kegs of pennies are believed to have been loaded onto a southbound train while Richmond, VA fell at the end of the Civil War. Historians consider the missing Confederate treasure to be one of the biggest mysteries in American history. Hundreds of renowned relic hunters have searched feverishly for these riches throughout the past 150 years. “Rebel Gold” narrators explain that past treasure hunters have searched a 500 mile trail of train tracks and waterways between Richmond, VA and Washington, GA. Most leads took hunters to the Dan River, as they believed it was sunken; they also scoured various train stops and points of interest. In “Rebel Gold,” the team divulges that they have new information that will solve the mystery. “Rebel Gold” team members include:

  • Mike Scott: equipment specialist, Sales Director at First Texas Products (Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors)
  • Larry Cissna: life-long treasure hunter
  • Brandt Arnold: US Confederate troop expert
  • Earl Mesimer: relic hunter for 30+ years
  • Tracy Short: safety expert, relic hunter
  • Dan Yarrusso: water specialist, long time metal detectorist
Team’s First Mission: Locate the “Missing Danville Silver”—20,000 Mexican Silver Coins Worth $2 Million

Jefferson Davis’ first stop after fleeing Richmond was Danville, VA. A train carrying Davis and the treasure is known to have arrived there; Danville was declared the Confederate capital for a brief period in April, 1865. This is where 900,000 pounds, 39 kegs of Mexican silver coins disappeared. Theories abound, but these kegs of coins have never been recovered. The “Rebel Gold” team is determined to make history by finding this specific treasure. Although the team members are a diverse group with very different backgrounds, they all have a common goal: to locate the missing treasure. In the first episode S01E01: the team divides into 2 groups: Team Larry (Cissna) and Team Brandt (Arnold). Larry’s team decides to visit the Sutherlin Mansion first. And Brandt’s team heads 9 miles west of where the treasure vanished to the Dan River Plantation.

Sutherlin Mansion: Civil War Museum

Records show that Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasurer stayed at the Sutherlin Mansion in Danville from April 3- April 10. 1865. This was the estate of William Sutherlin, a friend to Davis and the Confederacy. Larry Cissna believes that the room where Davis or the treasurer slept would have been an ideal place to stash the Confederate treasure. This was the last place they were before heading south. Back in those days, it was common practice to hide things in the walls. Team Larry searching high & low and they did get a great hit inside one of the bedroom walls. Using a borescope, they searched the spot and unfortunately—came up empty-handed.

Dan River Plantation: Mexican Coins Found Here

Brandt Arnold, Mike Scott, and Tracy Short headed straight to the Dan River Plantation—and for good reason! Local boys recently found two silver Mexican coins on the plantation grounds. If two coins were within eyesight, there’s a good chance the treasure could be buried nearby! The Dan River Plantation is only 9 miles west of where the treasure vanished. Brandt Arnold is among the top Civil War relic hunters in the country, so he couldn’t wait to get metal detecting at this site. The plantation’s outbuildings fell into ruins and a fire destroyed the main house, so this was an intriguing area for avid treasure hunters. Even the bricks and debris held clues from past generations. Brandt’s team uncovered an underground “Ice House,” which was used for refrigeration 150 years ago. Utilizing a back hoe, the team dug through centuries of debris, uncovering bottles from each decade as layers were sifted through. Brandt believes this Ice House would have been a brilliant place to hide the Confederate treasure. “Rebel Gold’s” episode premiere ends with a cliffhanger as the team looks into the hole shouting with joy.

Meantime, Larry’s team joined the crew at the Dan River Plantation to search around the slave quarters. It was very common for people to hide treasure under planks and the dirt flooring. While detecting, the team came across amazing relic finds! First, they uncovered a piece of pottery from the 1840’s with an authentic “maker’s mark.” Then, they found a very old 1823 dime. Probably worth a lot of money and a great find on it’s own.

Next Up Tonight on Discovery Channel: “Chester Treasure”

Both teams inch closer to finding treasure at the Dan River Plantation. Tensions run high among the team members because each has their own idea of how to locate the Mexican silver. Can they manage to work together towards a common goal or will greed pit every man for themselves? Find out tonight on “Rebel Gold!”

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Episode 2: “Chester Treasure” S01E02 airs September 22, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

The team on “Rebel Gold” relies on several high-quality metal detectors during this momentous treasure hunt. The Teknetics T2 metal detector is featured on the show, as well as the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors that are ideal for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19 in select episodes. We’re sure you’ll see metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels, as well. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for “Rebel Gold” episode previews and descriptions!

Forgotten Gold – Searching Abandoned Mines and Tailings

Gold can be found in nature in a few different forms. Small nuggets of pure metal are sometimes found by themselves, but typically they are part of veins or placer deposits consisting of gravel and other materials. Lode or hard rock deposits can also contain gold, which is often mixed with other minerals. Metal detectors can uncover gold in any of these forms; however, a metal detector designed specifically for gold prospecting is ideal because it can decipher metal vs. mineral composition.

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a MetalDetector.com customer in New England.

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a MetalDetector.com customer in New England.

Because of advancements in metal detection technology, amateur gold prospectors now have a better chance of finding gold. If you’ve decided you’re ready to try out prospecting for yourself, the first step is choosing a metal detector well-suited for the task. Articles such as “What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector?” will quickly direct you to the right metal detector. Next, you will need to decide where your first search sites will be. Are there riverbeds, streams or waterways nearby that are known for placer deposits? Another option seasoned prospectors suggest to beginners is: work abandoned mines and mine dumps where others have successfully extracted gold from nature. Early day miners were known to miss a rich ore vein by mere inches, leaving the location laden with valuable gold. Pioneer gold seekers would rely on their eyesight to follow a gold vein far into a mountain, digging just inches away from a much more productive vein. Modern metal detectors now reveal the precise location of these long-overlooked veins along the walls of old mine tunnels.

Working Abandoned Mines in Search of Gold

These old mines may be long forgotten, but a prospector can cash in with newer technology—in the form of a highly capable metal detector. Equipped with a gold detector, a recreational miner can examine the space behind the walls, roof and floor of a mine in just a few hours; it took the old-time miners months to do this. The tunnel floors of old mines are known to yield ore deposits when searched with a metal detector. Pieces of valuable ore fell from carts as it crossed the tunnel floor. Since most mine tunnels were driven through highly mineralized or magnetic material, a metal detector must be ground balanced as precisely as possible to cancel the effects of the minerals. Before ever setting out in the field, practice ground balancing your detector (instruction manual will give exact instructions and how to test it on gold and iron). Once ground balanced, make a general sweep of the mine floor, collecting all samples that give a metal reading. There are likely to be small iron objects in an old mine including rail spikes and hangers for candles and mining lamps.

Operate your metal detectors search coil approximately one to two inches from the tunnel wall, depending upon the amount of iron mineralization present. Scan the walls and ceiling carefully, marking any positive (metallic) signals. Ore containing a sufficient amount of conductivity will respond positively as metal. Then you can use a mattock or rock pick to dig beneath the surface debris to locate all likely looking samples to test. Once you have collected a number of ore samples, lay your metal detector flat and test each of your rock samples individually. You will be able to determine its composition based on conductivity (target ID display, if equipped) which rock fragments contain high-quality ore deposits. Continue this testing as you work the mine tunnel. Experts recommend adjusting your audio so a faint but constant signal is maintained; headphones are also highly recommended by many prospectors.

One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Gold!

Tailing piles from old mines and the mine’s dump are hot locations to work. They are definitely the easiest and quickest sources of gold if a prospector is proficient with his metal detector. “Tailings” are the discarded pieces of rock left from previous mining activities. Again, many valuable remnants of gold were cast aside. Old-time miners were looking for the obvious pay dirt, but today’s prospectors have the equipment to locate even tiny pieces of gold. A minuscule looking 2 grams of gold is worth $100 at today’s gold prices. And amazingly, large gold or silver nuggets are often found hidden inside a chunk of rock that was discarded at the dump site. The old-time miner could not see the valuable material hidden by the rock. And this is where a metal detector comes in to signal its presence.

Searching for gold inside mines requires a metal detector that is highly sensitive and one that can precisely tune out the minute minerals known to exist in gold bearing areas. Not all metal detectors are suited for prospecting, so it is important to have a gold-hunting metal detector. With it, you may be another lucky hobbyist who discovers high grade ore that has been lying around unnoticed for decades!

Listed below are some of the top-ranked gold prospecting metal detectors available. You can compare features and functionality to determine which unit is best for you.

Entry-Level Gold Detectors
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New Video: Re-Introducing the “Classic” Teknetics T2 Metal Detector

This new video from MetalDetector.com shows the Teknetics T2 metal detector with an in-the-field features demonstration. This high-performance multi-purpose professional grade metal detector is from Teknetics metal detectors. Re-introducing the American “Classic” high end metal detector at a NEW mid-range price of $499. Owners of Teknetics metal detectors will be happy to know that the original Teknetics T2 is back!

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All-New “Rebel Gold” Treasure Hunting TV Series Premieres Tonight on the Discovery Channel!

Cast members of the new TV show "Rebel Gold" from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

Cast members of the new TV show “Rebel Gold” from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

Discovery Channel is getting involved in the latest treasure hunting craze by bringing us their own brand of metal detecting with the new TV reality show “Rebel Gold”! This show is bringing it BIG time, as there is an estimated $20 million worth of gold and silver at stake. That’s right– $20M is hidden, stashed, sunken or buried. It’s the legendary lost loot of the Confederate treasury. “Confederate gold” is well known as the hidden caches of gold lost after the American Civil War. Millions of dollars went unaccounted for after the war and has long been debated and speculated about. That’s why the Discovery Channel put together an all-star team of treasure hunters, historians and engineering specialists to hunt it down! These individuals are the “best of the best” in their fields who will collaborate to track down the Rebel Gold. It’s been lost for 150 years. And just imagine – this historically monumental  event could all be caught on camera!

Allegedly, in 1865, when Confederate President Jefferson Davis had to flee Richmond, VA, he took the contents of the Confederate treasury with him. It’s been said that the Confederate treasury was hidden because Davis believed in the rising again of the South. Davis left Richmond and wandered from town to town, trying to avoid capture by the Union soldiers. Eventually he made his way south to Irwinville, Georgia to seek refuge with his family before capture. It is believed that somewhere along the way, Davis stashed the treasure. In “Rebel Gold”, the treasure hunting team is retracing Jefferson Davis’ trail, digging and searching for clues that could lead them to the treasure. This will be an epic feat—with more than 500 miles of train tracks, dirt roads and river ways to explore. Among the “Rebel Gold” crew members is Mike Scott, metal detecting expert and Director of Sales at First Texas Products (which includes Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors), detectorist Larry Cissna and Tracy Short of “American History Metal Detecting.” Discovery Channel is being ‘hush-hush’ about any other show details. We will ALL have to tune in to find out who and more about the members of the “Rebel Gold” crew are and how they will go about this extraordinary mission!

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” airs for the first time September 15, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

Metal Detectors and Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

We have been tipped off that the team on “Rebel Gold” will be using Teknetics T2 metal detectors on the show, as well as the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors that are ideal for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. We hear that if you look closely, you will spot the Fisher F19 in select episodes. We’re sure you’ll see metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels, as well. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for “Rebel Gold” episode previews and descriptions!

“My Metal Detector Finds” from MetalDetector.com – Amazing Recent Finds

Probably the greatest joy of metal detecting is being able to share stories of treasure finds with like-minded treasure hunters. Not everybody understands the excitement of unearthing a random item. Sometimes it’s just an old penny—in which case, there may be puzzled onlookers. The truth is, there are treasures to be found and they’re everywhere. For those of us who take the time to hunt with a metal detector, there is the possibility of unearthing something amazing! When we are rewarded with an epic find, it’s great to be able to share the story at a place like MetalDetector.com’s “My Metal Detector Finds.” Every day, fellow detectorists post accounts of their latest & greatest treasure finds. Some are beginner’s luck, others are the result of lots of research; and other finds are downright creepy! Here are some recent finds posted by hobbyists on “My Metal Detector Finds:”

July 13, 2015: Found a U.S. Puppy Paw Belt Plate With the AT Pro

U.S. Puppy paw belt plate found on second day with Garrett AT pro metal detector.

U.S. Puppy paw belt plate found on second day with Garrett AT pro metal detector.

Brandon, Mississippi:   “I live 45 minutes east of Vicksburg Mississippi, a small town that was burned to the ground by General Sherman’s troops. There were two skirmishes in Brandon during 1862, but no major battles. I was detecting in a spot where it looked like cannons had been placed. I hit an iffy 81 VDI on my Garrett AT Pro detector and almost passed it up. So glad I did not because what are the chances of finding a U.S. Puppy Paw belt plate (a FederaI Belt Plate used from 1839—1863. The rounded knobs on the back look like a puppy paw). I’ve always been a White’s man, but Garrett is making a big change in my detecting style. I would love to see if the Ace 350 can stand with the AT pro.” – Read full story

 

July 2, 2015: Civil War Relics

Forest, Mississippi: “I was in town at my grandmother’s flower shop. I started out digging up old ammo like mini balls and old 10 gauge shells that were all brass. Then I dug up a lot of silver coins, small coins—dimes mostly. After dark, I was just getting ready to stop for the day and I ended up detecting over one more spot and low and behold, I found an old pocket watch with engravings on it.” –  See story for author & photo

May 27, 2015: Showing Up My Hubby!

US Large Cent found with the XP DEUS metal detector.

US Large Cent found with the XP DEUS metal detector.

Virginia Beach, Virginia:  “Well, my husband has been asking me to go metal detecting with him for a couple of years now, but I always came up with an excuse not to go. A couple of days ago, my husband let me use his XP DEUS. He told me, “history is everywhere, you just have to know where to look!” So we start detecting and I’m pulling up aluminum can tops. My husband told me something good will pop up I promise. Just as he was saying that, I heard a beep and started to dig a small plug. I thought it was a piece of metal, so I called my husband over and he knew exactly what it was. “It’s a giant cent,” he said. He was so jealous and proud! It turns out metal detecting can be loads of fun.” [The U.S. large cent was minted from 1793 until 1857.] – Read full story

May 19, 2015: Beginners Luck?

Charlestown, New Hampshire:  “I work with a friend who got me interested in metal detecting. My wife bought me a Garrett Ace 350 and pinpointer for Christmas this year.  Living in New England, it had to sit in the closet until April 3rd, a 60 degree day! Our house was built in 1990, the oldest one on the block, so I really did not think I would find anything.  Having never used a detector, I was a little unsure what to expect. I started getting hits right off. Nails, bottle caps, 5 pennies from the 1990’s. I moved to the front yard and dug my first hit there…. a 1738 George II half penny in pretty decent shape! I could not believe it! About 20 feet from there, I found the brass barrel of a boot gun. I guess just because the house has not been there long, it does not mean things didn’t take place there years before.” – Read full story

Read True Stories from Detectorists at “My Metal Detecting Finds”

Have an exciting discovery of your own to share? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds” and be entered to win a prize! The current featured prize is the Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer valued at $149. Site visitors vote for their favorite ‘detecting finds’ story and the person with the most votes wins. Submission periods typically run every 3 months, so be sure to share your stories and enthusiasm. Maybe you will have the next amazing find!

 

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“Diggers” Season Finale Airs Tonight! Tune in for “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza” and “Nazis in Mississippi”

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

An archaeological dig on the set of TV show Diggers. One of the 2014 episodes “The Real McCoy”, photo courtesy of Ron McCoy.

Well, it’s been another AMAZING season of “Diggers” this summer following detectorists Tim Saylor (“Ringy”) and George Wyant (“KG”) around the country. According to comments on the “Diggers” website, fans think this has been the most exciting season yet! Season 4 focused on a few specific themes in American history. Among them: famous American characters based on epic movies, TV series’ and novels. KG and Ringy embarked on detecting adventures following in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave) and Captain John Smith (Pocahontas). They investigated the Lewis & Clark Trail and Souther Field airbase and training camp where pilots trained in WWII (“Band of Brothers”). The Diggers also searched for evidence of Ichabod Crane in “Sleepy Hollow.”

Another theme this season involved searching for artifacts from a few of America’s most influential presidents—James Madison and Ulysses S. Grant; as well as war battles including the Battle of Saratoga and Battle of Shiloh. Finally, “Diggers” took time to help historians piece together important and tragic events that transpired centuries ago including the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado, the Great Peshtigo Wisconsin Fire of 1871 and the infamous feuding between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Each “Diggers” episode featured amazing finds by Ringy and KG. Guest archeologists, as well as staff archaeologist, Marc Henshaw, analyzed each of the Diggers finds to determine which pieces were actually from the time period the dig was based upon. It’s hard to pick favorite finds this season, but among the best: parts of a WWI airplane, bullets from the site of Randolph McCoy’s homestead, a 1723 King George Colonial coin, bitten bullets from a Confederate triage site in Fort Gibson, Mississippi, a rare 1905 Danish coin found in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and a lead ladle dating back to the early 1600’s (possibly used by Captain John Smith). It’s been a great run this season for the Diggers, and we look forward to their future antics and adventures!

Don’t miss the final two new “Diggers” episodes tonight Monday September 7, 2015!

“Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Meriwether Lewis was a famous American explorer—dubbed “the greatest pathfinder this country has ever known.” In 1803, President Jefferson asked Lewis to lead an expedition into the lands west of the Mississippi. America’s interest in this area increased with France’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Lewis jumped at the chance and selected William Clark to join him as co-commander of the expedition. They enlisted a team of pioneers called the Corps of Discovery and began their journey near St. Louis, Missouri. Lewis & Clark faced many obstacles, braving dangerous waters and harsh weather; but they did reach the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. KG and Ringy are on the trail of Lewis & Clark in Montana –their own home state! The Diggers will also search for Twenty-Eight Mile Station, a lost stagecoach stop that hosted travelers heading to the Pacific Northwest. Look forward to some incredible finds, including a piece from a brass trunk Ringy believes may have carried the Corps’ travel essentials. The Diggers are hoping to find a rifle, knives or buttons that once belonged to Lewis & Clark.

“Nazis in Mississippi:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

During World War II, thousands of German prisoners of war were sent to the U.S. to be housed. In 1943, Camp Clinton was established as one of the largest POW facilities in Clinton, Mississippi. This was home to 3,000 German and Italian POWs, as well as several dozen German generals and admirals. Diggers KG and Ringy were sent to Camp Clinton to search for World War II German artifacts. Mississippi archeologists are hoping to add and display any of their noteworthy finds in a special WWII museum.  As soon as the Diggers get to work at the POW base camp, their detectors start going crazy. KG is elated when he discovers an ornate button which came from a Nazi uniform. While he has uncovered many military buttons in the past, none have appeared as elaborate as this. Ringy is searching for German medals and other artifacts when he stumbles upon a U.S. guard’s Eagle button. Don’t miss this season finale episode—as much more WWII nectar is likely to be unearthed!

Metal Detectors and Equipment Used on “Diggers” TV Show

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor search all terrain locations by using using Garrett metal detectors. On the show, they use both the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, 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!

“Diggers” Season 4 Labor Day Finale: Don’t Miss the Final Two New Episodes on Monday!

Pictured above, Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark at Three Forks in Montana.

Looking ahead to Monday night, the “Diggers” are in their home state of Montana on the trail of Lewis & Clark. Pictured above, Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark at Three Forks in Montana.

For “Diggers” enthusiasts and those who enjoy watching action-packed metal detecting, Season 4 of “Diggers” hit it out of the park! Using new equipment such as airborne drones that survey land features to help decide where to search; and deep-seeking 2-box metal detectors to locate deeply buried objects has added new interest and excitement this season. Last Monday’s “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar” kept viewers on the edge of their seats as KG and Ringy searched for artifacts dating back to 1608. The Diggers eagerly scoured the Chesapeake Bay area along the same route as Captain Smith’s famous expedition—hoping to find nectar from English settlers and Native Americans who attacked Smith and his followers. KG scored some excellent finds including an 1838 U.S. large cent and a 1740’s cannonball from the American Revolution. Ringy celebrated the “find of the day” with his lead ladle that the archeologist said may have been used by Captain Smith himself! Both Diggers were equally successful along the Solomon Northup Trail in Louisiana in the episode “12 Years a Slave.” At the Epps Plantation, Ringy uncovered an 1800’s harmonica reed and old-time padlock which may have been used to lock up slaves. KG found a hot comb and bale seal; he won this Diggers quest with a lead hammer. Solomon Northup helped build all of the buildings at the Epps Plantation—so there is speculation that it may have been Solomon’s hammer. These artifacts were chilling reminders of the days of slavery. If you missed these episodes, tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight – September 4, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT.

Season Finale Episodes: “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza” and “Nazis in Mississippi”

“Diggers” may have saved the best for last with two riveting new episodes to wrap up the holiday weekend. First, KG and Ringy hit their own stomping grounds in Montana on the same trail that Lewis & Clark blazed back in 1803. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the legendary explorers who paved the way for westward expansion. They were given a top secret mission by the U.S. Army to chart a water route along the Missouri River all the way to the Pacific. If there’s any evidence of this famous American expedition left behind, the Diggers are determined to find it. Ringy will be seen finding “roundness in the hole”—which looks to be a Civil War-era Eagle button. And while looking for an old stagecoach stop, KG uncovers a hand-made horseshoe. The final episode, “Nazis in Mississippi” takes the Diggers to Central Mississippi in search of World War II German artifacts. It may sound like a strange place to look for evidence of Nazis. However, there were thousands of German prisoners of war locked up in the U.S. starting in 1943. At Camp Clinton, a major POW base camp back then, KG and Ringy are excited about their finds. In the preview, KG is seen squealing like a pig when he scores a WWII Nazi soldier button. Meanwhile, Ringy unearths a pristine Eagle button which belonged to a U.S. guard at the camp.

Season Finale Diggers Episodes for Monday, September 7, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

  • “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific
  • “Nazis in Mississippi:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific
Metal Detectors Used on Diggers TV Show

The Diggers are equipped with Garrett metal detectors – they utilize both the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold in the field. For a Garrett metal detector comparison of the AT Series detectors, see this video. 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!

New Video: Digging Clean Plugs while Metal Detecting

This “Top Tip” video from MetalDetector.com examines the importance of using proper digging methods & tools while metal detecting in a grass lawn setting. Learning proper target recovery skills is important for every metal detectorist. In this quick instructional video, you will learn a simple recovery technique that leaves the ground as if it was never touched. After watching, we bet you will be recovering targets like a pro. The digging tool used in the video below is the Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath.

View this metal detecting video directly on YouTube.