Monthly Archives: March 2013

Florida & The Citizen Archaeology Permit

A friend in Florida emailed me about this current proposal, and thought it was worth passing along.  I have tried to find details on when and how this proposal came about, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of information out there about it.  This link simply suggests it was introduced by a “group of citizens in Florida“.  Continue reading

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New Book…”In Search of Treasure”

My new book In Search of Treasure will be available the first week of April, and I hope you will consider adding it to your treasure hunting  library.  In Search of Treasure is the 3rd edition of Where to Find Treasure, but we decided to give it a new name, rather than calling it “updated” or “volume 3” etc..  This time around we’ve added new articles, photos, as well as new topics. Continue reading

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How I Met John Howland (or How I Rue the Day…..)

I found myself looking back at some of the earlier posts on my website, and came across one that explained how and when I met John Howland. Thought I would share  it again….

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I first met John back in 1985, when he and Gerald Costello, officers in the NCMD, were coming to attend the FMDAC Treasure Weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Having not met either before,  Fay and I stood at JFK airport, late at night, with signs, saying “The FMDAC welcomes John & Gerald”. Continue reading

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Thanks To All

Just wanted to thank you all for the comments to John Howland’s The Artifact Erosion Counter post.  Stout Standards had a record number of hits (visits), and it’s  great seeing so many responses. That’s really what a good blog is all about.  Continue reading

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Artifact Erosion Counter…Fact or Fiction?

John Howland just submitted a lengthy update to the Malamute Saloon, and I would urge all of you to read it.  As I’m sure you know both John and I  have been taken to task many times by two archaeological blogs, one in the UK, one in Warsaw, and they both use something called the Artifact Erosion  Counter (which they invented) to discredit the treasure hunter in the UK, claiming most do not report their finds to the PAS. Continue reading

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A Potpourri of Recent Items….

COOK COUNTY

Had a couple of emails asking about the situation in Cook County, Illinois (see my post of February 28th), and unfortunately I have nothing new to report.  Continue reading

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The Weather Was Good, and So Was my Luck!

I really hate to bring up the weather this time of year because it always pisses off my friends back East, but the temps today were near 75, and the skies partly sunny.  Continue reading

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If We Don’t Dig It, Who Will?

I have always wondered why it is that the archaeological community hates us so much. We are, for the most part, honest, hard working people,  who just want to enjoy a pastime. We look for coins, relics and jewelry. A few may be fortunate enough to have the time and money to look for  long lost caches and buried shipwrecks, but they are few and far between. Continue reading

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Bubba’s Rebuttal…..

.John Howland contacted me yesterday asking that I share his comments  in regards to a recent post by Beavis, and I honored his wish (why, I will never know).  It only takes a glass of single malt (with a dash of water of course) to make him mad, and the words start flowing…. Continue reading

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Okay, I Am A Flip Flopper!

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A few of you are gonna be pissed at me, but hey you know what? I am too old to care!

The more I got thinking about a PAS for the United States the more I realized that it would probably not be a popular  program, and an extremely difficult one to put together. Continue reading

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