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!