Metal Detecting Old Farm Land for Lost Treasure

Bruce Lilienthal, hit the jackpot. He found a large, unusual rock on his Minnesota farmland.

Bruce Lilienthal, hit the jackpot. He found a large, unusual rock on his Minnesota farmland.

Metal detecting at pre-existing homesteads and old farmhouses is a GREAT tactic because old relics and coins lie here. What can you expect to find when you detect and dig an old farmland? Arrowheads, pottery shards, buttons, porcelain and metal thimbles, bits of colored glass and old ammunition or bullets. In 2013, amateur detectorist and producer, Bruce Lilienthal, hit the jackpot when he found a large, unusual rock on his Minnesota farmland. After testing and researching, he and his wife learned that it was a meteorite. They sold the rock for a modest $10.5 million!  It pays to search farmland, for MANY different reasons.

Scout Out Large Trees around a Homestead’s Foundation

Farm “markers” are indicators that a farm pre-existed; they often include large trees. These trees have grown very large because nobody has cut them  down. Always watch out for these markers because a favorable hunt site exists nearby. When you do find a “marker tree,” detect the area that immediately surrounds it. There are likely buried coins and relics hidden in the dirt! It was a common practice for people of past centuries to bury hoards of coins and valuables near marker trees. People intended to reclaim their possessions, but it often never happened. Now’s your chance to recover these precious items with your metal detector!

Expert Tip: Under-Searched Sites Will Yield Relics

Silver Navajo Indian Bracelet with Coral Inlay found in New Mexico with a metal detector.

Silver Navajo Indian Bracelet with Coral Inlay found in New Mexico with a metal detector.

The BEST places to find relics and old coins are at pre-existing homesteads, old farmhouses and former soldiers’ camps or battle sites. Obviously, there are many more locations that will yield valuables and artifacts, but these are a few good examples. Metal detectorists always face the challenge of choosing sites that are already picked over. Don’t shy away from these locations, because it’s impossible that every relic and coin has already been recovered. However, if you really want to increase your chances of treasure hunting success, it’s a great idea to find virgin sites or those that are under-searched!

How to Scout Out an Untouched Metal Detecting Site

Detecting enthusiast and relic hunter, Brian Palmer, has a clever tip for interested hobbyists. Investigate for signs of old home sites. In colder months (in some states), it’s almost impossible to treasure hunt. But you can do online research and scan old maps. It’s much easier to scout out sites when the grass isn’t high—and you can also see further into the woods. Palmer and his wife scouted around in the winter and found a fallen tree along a stone wall where there were stones in the outline of a home’s foundation. When they came back to search the area, their detectors hit on a jackpot of treasure!

Popular Relic Finds with a Metal Detector

The Palmers’ finds at this former homestead in New York included five Civil War “Eagle buttons,” flat buttons, a knapsack hook and two 1863 Civil War tokens. These tokens were issued because coins were scarce during the Civil War, but they only circulated for one year. They are great pieces of history! On another hunt they scouted ahead of time, the Palmers’ uncovered a World War I German buckle from 1839, an 1840’s Federal Navy cuff button and an Indian Wars 1874 Pattern belt plate. These are all examples of items you can find when relic hunting. Keep looking for new places to search and/or ask for permission if necessary. You, too, will come across some amazing relics!

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Resource:   “Western & Eastern Treasures” Magazine

Exciting Civil War Relic Hunt: with Men, Women and Kids!

One of the artifacts recovered from the Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid site.

One of the artifacts recovered from the Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid site in Ohio.

In Carroll County, Ohio, a group of 80 hopeful treasure hunters gathered to unearth Civil War relics. Well-known Ohio detectorist Sam Waters organized the hunt after she learned of a Confederate raid in Carroll County. Waters, a passionate relic hunter, has been detecting since the age of 12. She researched the event and learned: in the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan led his cavalry on a 1,000-mile raid through Indiana and Ohio. The cavalry stole 2,500 horses and raided 4,375 homes. Morgan’s men fought with pursuing Union cavalry throughout Carroll County. Waters got permission from property owners to search the area.

Waters’ group scoured 500 acres with metal detectors; and in just three days, uncovered more than 200 items! Some of the treasure hunters were kids (joined by their parents). The group ranged in age from 8 to 75. Also joining the team was Josh Silva, one of the stars of the TV show “Dig Wars!”  Waters estimated that approximately half of the recovered items may be Civil War related. One intriguing find was a Confederate stirrup. She added, “The stuff we found was all over—scattered around the woods, fields and valley.” The metal detectorists worked with and gained permission from the Carroll County Historical Society. The society also owns an acre of land tied to the raid.

Want to Detect for Historical Artifacts?

Are you intrigued by history and finding artifacts from the past? If so, dig in with a relic-hunting metal detector! These units are specifically designed for unearthing relics which are usually made of iron, steel or brass and sometimes sometimes gold or silver. Relic hunting detectors are different than all-purpose and coin-hunting models. They specialize in ground balance control and ground adjust so you can filter out interference from other minerals. They also use lower frequencies and offer high sensitivity and pinpointing abilities. Many of these units have target identification, which will display the type of metal you have located.

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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!

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 “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!

“Diggers” Next Escapades – Family Feuds & Buried War Planes

On the set of “The Real McCoy” episode of Diggers TV show. Photo courtesy of Ron McCoy, pictured far left.

On the set of “The Real McCoy” episode of Diggers TV show. Photo courtesy of Ron McCoy, pictured far left.

This Monday’s new “Diggers” TV show episodes brought awesome to metal detecting. “Grant’s Landing” should be an all-time favorite! Both KG and Ringy had defining moments in their metal detecting careers in Grant’s Landing, Mississippi. What’s exciting is that their treasure finds could influence history books. At minimum, the Diggers greatly assisted Civil War historians and reenactment experts by providing evidence of where Ulysses S. Grant and his Union troops came ashore on the Mississippi during the Civil War. Further, a local historian concluded that KG and Ringy located a ‘triage site’ for wounded soldiers based on the amount of bitten bullets and other medical-type relics found.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” offered more frivolous fun with Diggers’ KG (George Wyant) and Ringy (Tim Saylor) searching for pirate’s booty. We were entertained with zany antics from KG when he stumbled upon a bronze coin with a center hole from the 1600s. Ringy had his own bragging rights, with amazing finds including a medallion from the British empire, a rare 1906 coin and a key which could have opened a pirate’s treasure chest. National Geographic Channel’s staff archeologist Marc Henshaw mentioned that the artifacts found in these episodes will be curated, displayed and studied in a local museum. If you missed these episodes: National Geographic Channel will re-broadcast both shows tonight – August 7, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT.

Diggers Next Quests for Treasure:

Diggers KG and Ringy are heading to the heart of Dixie to detect World War I and World War II training airfields “Band of Brothers” style. The “Band of Brothers” TV mini-series  was a dramatized account of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division during WWII. KG and Ringy are digging for WWI and WWII artifacts at the Souther Field training airfield in Georgia. Area experts ensure that there are buried WWI bi-wing planes here but they have yet to be uncovered. The Diggers have already searched one part of Souther Field in a previous season without finding an airplane. This time, they’re moving to a different presumed hangar and using special metal detecting equipment. Will they get lucky this time? Then, on “The Real McCoy,” the Diggers dive in to the storied rivalry between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Detecting in Kentucky and West Virginia, they are hoping to finding evidence (in the form of ammunition or shotgun parts) that the Hatfield’s were surrounding the McCoys. Last time, the Diggers located the site of the McCoy homestead. This time, KG says, “We’re getting lucky in Kentucky!”

Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 10, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

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

“The Real McCoy.” 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 and two very popular ones at that, the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold models. You’ll always see KG and Ringy search their digging holes with a Garrett pinpointer to get a target’s precise location. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new 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!

Tonight’s “Diggers” Adventures – “Treasures of the Caribbean” and “Grant’s Landing”

Ever wonder what Diggers’ Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) do when they’re not in the field metal detecting? Believe it or not, they have jobs unrelated to metal detecting! Both guys live in Montana with their families earning an honest living, while hoping to strike it rich uncovering a treasure cache of gold coins or pirate’s treasure. According to their web site, Tim Saylor works full-time as a software designer and web developer for insurance companies. George Wyant was born and raised in Anaconda, Montana, where he is a copper miner. That explains how he got the metal detecting bug! In addition, KG runs a gutter, siding and roofing business. These are busy guys, who take every opportunity to get out in the field with their Garrett metal detectors!

It may seem like the Digger’s detecting is all fun and games, but in reality—they are helping  to document events in American history. If KG and Ringy uncover artifacts from the past, archeologists can validate locations and accounts in the history books. National Geographic Channel’s staff archeologist Marc joins the Diggers in the field this entire season to mark the coordinates, “tag and bag” each artifact that is found. Most of the items found by the Diggers are donated to local museums and tourist sites.

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

“Treasures of the Caribbean:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Nick named the "carrot" by some detectorists, the new Garrett Pro-Pointer AT makes its national TV show debut on tonight’s Diggers episode “Treasures of the Caribbean.”

Nick named the “carrot” by some detectorists, the new Garrett Pro-Pointer AT pinpointer makes its national TV show debut on tonight’s Diggers episode “Treasures of the Caribbean.”

In this “Diggers” episode, the guys have an important task—trying to find buried pirates’ treasure in the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix was a hotbed for pirates in the 1700s. They came to this tropical island to work and play; It is also believed that they buried money and treasure in St. Croix. Treasure hunters speculate there’s a high probability that several treasures are still waiting to be discovered because few people have ever searched. Most experts on pirate lore rank St. Croix in the top 5 most important pirate islands. So, it’s no surprise that Diggers’ KG and Ringy are eager to put their metal detectors to work here! They were invited to search the sugarcane fields that are now ruins. The ruins are extremely well preserved, so Ringy is hopeful they will find pirate’s treasure in the undisturbed fields. The episode preview shows KG uncovering a bronze coin that appears to be from the mid 1600’s. He’s hoping the staff archeologist can verify if it was from the Knights of Malta – who were also occupants of the island. Don’t miss this action-packed episode filled with pirate stories and possible treasure.

“Grant’s Landing:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

From war hero to President, Ulysses S. Grant was appointed America’s first four-star general in 1866. Grant commanded the victorious Union army during the American Civil War and he was successful largely due to his philosophy that if one tactic didn’t work, he developed another strategy. One of Grant’s key strategies was to attack from the water. In “Grant’s Landing” KG and Ringy are at the sites of Grant’s amphibious assaults on the Mississippi River. What the Diggers discover is that Grant’s Landing is now a cotton field because the Mississippi River has shifted and drastically changed course over the years. By studying old maps, KG and Ringy are able to pinpoint the coordinates of where the river was 150 years ago. This is where Grant’s troops came ashore. With detectors and pinpointers in tow, both KG and Ringy score big finding Civil War “nectar.” Civil War buffs will enjoy their great discoveries, including an officer’s eagle button with gold flaking. Both Diggers find enough artifacts to confirm that this was the site along the Mississippi where the Union Army landed in 1863.

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the TV Show

The Diggers are equipped with Garrett metal detectors, metal detecting shovels, headphones and pinpointers. You’ll always see KG and Ringy search their digging holes with a Garrett pinpointer to get a target’s precise location. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT, feature easy one-button operation that alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. So many people asked us to compare the detectors used on #diggers that we filmed a quick video that you can watch. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Be sure to tune in every Monday night to see Montana detecting boys KG and Ringy in action!

Next “Diggers” Episodes – Tales of Pirates and Presidents

If you’ve been watching this summer’s season of “Diggers,” you’ve probably been riveted by KG and Ringy’s cross-country metal detecting adventures so far. Extreme detectorists Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) have been hot on the trail of famous figures from America’s past. From outlaws to presidential dignitaries to folklore’s Headless Horseman, they have taken detectors to the task—finding all sorts of loot and artifacts.

National Geographic Channel’s staff archeologist Marc is in the field with the Diggers all season long tagging and bagging artifacts. These pieces of history are priceless, because they help chronicle and validate descriptions of past events. This week’s Diggers episodes did just that. By finding dated medallions, worker’s buttons and tent grommets at the site of the Ludlow Massacre, archeologists can confirm the location of this tragic event. In Tarrytown, NY (a.k.a. Sleepy Hollow) in the “Sleepy Hollow” episode, Ringy found a part of an oil lamp burner. While it may not have been carried by Ichabod Crane or the Headless Horseman, we know they were carried during the Revolution. Musket balls were also found from the same time period.

Diggers Next Destinations: Tropical St. Croix and Western Mississippi
The adventure begins when you start metal detecting, just like the guys on TV's Diggers!

The adventure begins when you start metal detecting, just like the guys on TV’s Diggers!

Who doesn’t love a good pirate story involving bandits and buried treasure? “Treasures of the Caribbean” takes us to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Diggers have been invited to search the sugarcane ruins once known as pirates’ stomping grounds. In the 1600’s and 1700’s the area was plagued by both pirates and the Knights of Malta. Perhaps KG and Ringy can uncover what they left behind! Then, the guys drop anchor in Mississippi where Ulysses S. Grant landed thousands of troops on the banks of the Mississippi River. Civil War buffs and relic hunters will definitely want to tune in for “Grant’s Landing” this Monday night. Legendary Union General and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant may have left his piece of history behind.

Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 3, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

“Treasures of the Caribbean:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

“Grant’s Landing:” 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, metal detecting shovels and pinpointers. When KG or Ringy get a signal with their detector, they always search the hole with a Garrett pinpointer. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new 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!

The metal detectors used on Diggers TV show; find out which one is best for you: Garrett AT Pro Versus Garrett AT Gold Comparison