Thanks to Eddy Current for the following update on the Burke County cemetery situation. Apparently those responsible were drug dealers, not treasure hunters, and I am very happy to hear that. I hope too that this is the end of the story, and that in the future people will think twice before using the words “relic hunter” whenever something similar happens.
I will still stand by last post that we should have addressed this situation as soon as it happened and helped in some way. JMO.
A HUNT TO REMEMBER
Back on the 29th of March I shared a video of Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz hunting an old colonial cellar hole. Well, a few days ago they went back, and Dave had what I would call “the greatest day detecting ever”. Here’s a photo of his finds that day.
Yep, not one, but five….what are the odds? Dave, fantastic day and congratulations!! Hoping Todd taped this and will post it. You can view all of his videos on YouTube by typing in thiltzy1.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE!!
Okay, you saw Dave’s fantastic finds above, but you ain’t seen nothing yet! Take a gander at the following photo. I managed to get out some yesterday and brought these puppies home…..
So there Dave. Damn it, eat your heart out!!
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF TREASURE HUNTING
I like to share this from time to time because it’s a gem. Jim Lewellen was the CEO and president of Fisher Labs, and passed away a few years ago. He was a stand up guy, a gentleman, and a helluva lot of fun to be around. Miss you Jim….
The Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting, by Jim Lewellen
- Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled excavations.
- Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the lawful decrees of thy city, state, province or country.
- Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures of the field, natural resources or the personal property of others.
- Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy companion. Nor shall ye covet his metal detector, digging tool, or the hallowed place he diggeth.
- Thou shalt not neglect thy family and friends whilst in the endless pursuit of this hobby.
- Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost goods, and the archaeologists, the enforcers of law, and all others who may need thy skill as a metal detectorist.
- Thou shalt return found treasures to the proper owners, whenever their true identity can be rightfully determined.
- Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any find relating to criminal activity or of archaeologtical significance.
- Thou shalt be considerate of others on the beach, and in other public places whilst waving thy searchcoil, and digging holes in the sand and soil.
- Thou shalt speak out against unjust laws and stand firm against the Philistines who would cast out all those who would use detectors of metal.
If thou dost not abide by these Commandments, may ye be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks, hard packed soil, pestilence, serpents, locusts, poisonous vegetation, and great multitudes of pulltabs, bottle caps and rusty nails. May ye spend the remaining years of thy wretched life digging signals of false origins. For thine iniquities shall surely bring the overzealous wrath of the ignorant, heathen bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent. For we are the righteous and the just and ye who do not obey the Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting are doomed to bad luck.
TASK FORCE UPDATE ON O’FALLON, MISSOURI SITUATION
Apparently the O’Fallon city council heard from the Task Force, as well as a few detectorists, and it made a difference. Hoping these new changes get approved.
Thanks Task Force and all those who took the time to voice their feelings…..