I know most all of you use Google to research and find new places to detect. It is without a doubt the best search engine out there.  I am also guessing you pretty much do what I do and that is type in the name of my town, county or state and then add keywords like schools, churches, parks, history, etc..  Anyway let me suggest a few more words you might try.  I can’t promise they will work for you but they have provided me with a lot of leads to work on.  If and when you give them a try, have a thesaurus or synonym finder on hand and see what substitutes you might also throw in the mix.

  • Old Newspapers
  • Early Maps
  • Memoirs
  • Journals
  • Traditions
  • Outlaws
  • Robberies
  • Legends
  • Early
  • Bygone
  • Tales
  • Chronicles
  • Folklore
  • Myths
  • Events
  • Timeless
  • Battles
  • Forgotten
  • Scouting
  • Landmarks
  • Abandoned
  • Celebrations
  • Carnivals
  • Amusement Parks
  • Swimming Holes
  • Centennial
  • Pioneers
  • Recollections
  • Conflicts
  • Superstitions


A few sites I found when using the above words….




On May 26th I shared Chicago Ron’s photo of a “no metal detectors” sign that was in front of a park in Warren, Rhode Island. I emailed the gal in charge of parks there and received the following response:

“Burrs Hill Park is protected because it was discovered to be historical. When we had all the work done we had to have a representatives from the indian tribe and state officials available during our digging as there may have been ancient indian artifacts on the property. So it is protected.”

Sharon Lombardo
Recreation Director
Town of Warren

I am not quite sure what “there may have been” means, but if it is indeed an Indian burial site I cannot argue with the decision to close the area.  If anyone has any additional information regarding this situation please send it along…




Another great read from John Hooker.  John’s take on the archaeological community is always dead on…..

So Speak, You Dead: Thoughts About Archaeology



Filed under Metal Detecting

5 responses to “Keywords…

  1. I’ll bet there’s a voodoo doll of John Hooker, with pins all over it in a certain eastern European capital city — I’ll call it Warsaw — for having the temerity to write on his blog, “I find the notion that archaeology is a science to be absurd.” Ouch!

    The unpalatable truth for the more rabid heritologists really is that archaeology as John Hooker says, is not a science. To pretend otherwise insults both science itself, and scientists. Archaeology, unlike science, is little more than educated guesswork, though science can and should be applied to it….by scientists.

    By stating the obvious, neither John Hooker or me, are anti archaeology. There are opinions of course, well expressed, that infuriates those of our critics looking down on us from their high horses!

  2. Very much appreciated, Dick. I have always supported metal detecting,as my specialty was Celtic coins and It was another Celtic numismatist, Henry Mossop, who brought one of the first metal detectors to England.



    • John, when you said….”perhaps it might be discarded as unimportant when storage space becomes a critical matter, or even destroyed after the dig to prevent it getting into the hands of collectors” you pretty much summed up what so many of us know to be true.

      • Yes, it was based on actual examples I had heard of — one, from someone who took part in it was the smashing of undecorated bucchero ware pots in Tuscany after an excavation (only decorated examples were retained and there was too much of the plain in museum storage. Contrast that with the excavations at Caerleon, where stamped Legio II roof-tiles were sold to the public to help finance the next year’s excavation.

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