Just a Little 2015 Hollerin’


An amateur detectorist in the UK has once again given archaeologists something to cry foul about.  Paul Coleman, 59 years old and unemployed, uncovered one of the largest hoards of Anglo-Saxon coins ever found in Britain, with an estimated value of 1 million £.  Read the full story HERE!

Of course the infamous Mr. Wonderful went berserk given that a lowly tekkie was in the headlines yet again.  Just more of the ole “hey you can’t do that” BS.   I’m loving it…..



GETTING THINGS DONE CIRCA 1987 (a.k.a, Let Me Brag a Little)

After finding an old 1987 copy of the Quest I decided it would be good time to explain why I am so hard on the three ‘professed’ national groups.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Quest, it was the FMDAC newsletter early on. This issue (Sep/Oct) truly explains, in my opinion, just how good the Federation was in it’s early years, and we did it without the internet, email or social media…


Within the 16 pages of this particular Quest you will find mentioned our appearance before a Senate Energy/Natural Resources committee to oppose Senate bill 7, our trip to England for the Longleat Rally & World Council meeting, a thank you to Garrett Electronics for sending two copies of their books to all 72 Federation clubs, a legislative letter writing contest (with a Fisher 1265 first prize), information about the forthcoming Treasure Weekend, along with the usual hunt listings, classifieds and details on upcoming legislation.  Not too shabby if I say so myself.


Now fast forward to 2014 and the big three national groups.  What exactly have they done lately to earn your trust and in some instances your money?  I know at one time the Task Force hired attorneys to work on issues in New York city and Cook County, Illinois, but I have no idea what the outcome was for either. I understand it’s hard fighting our government, city hall and the archaeological “want it alls”, but if we were able to accomplish what we did back in the 80’s, then they can at least find time to let their membership know they are alive and well.  Sorry I just don’t get it!


I know you’re tired of hearing me say this, but we need a full-time organization with paid officers/employees!  Can something like this happen?  As of now probably not because everyone is too busy making movies and promoting their prowess with a metal detector. No time to fool around with anything more serious. There’s money for bells and whistles but asking $50 a year to save your pastime is considered overreach.

It’s your call but when you aren’t allowed to use that $2,000 detector, remember Dick Stout warned you…




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7 responses to “Just a Little 2015 Hollerin’

  1. Todd Hiltzy (thiltzy1)

    I agree with you Dick, we need a full time organization looking out for our best interests for this wonderful hobby. I wouldn’t know where to start but I would be more than happy to write a yearly $50 check in order to fund such an organization. I easily spend $50 a week end funding my own hunts so to me, it’s money well spent.
    I also agree that most of these Face Book Groups are redundant and over kill however, they could easily be tapped into as a life line to help fund such an organization. The radio shows such as Dave McMahon’s “Inside Detecting” has avid TH’ers listening from across the globe. I have over 1000 subscribers on my meager YouTube channel. We are all connected in the Social Media network so we may as well take advantage of it. Look what we were able to do for Chicago Ron’s niece! I have to believe that most of these people are like myself and Dave Wise in that we eat, sleep, and breathe this hobby so I can’t see why this can’t be accomplished IMO…

    • It can happen Todd, but other than me, has anyone else brought up the subject? There has to be a groundswell for something like this and it’s not taking place.

  2. Many of the more successful pastimes and sports have a national body to represent their interests at local and government level. Absent in the US is such an organisation for metal detecting.

    I doubt even, a definition exists of metal detecting, for until that happens, politicians don’t know what they are dealing with…however, archaeology has laid down the ground rules that all metal detector use MUST be under THIER control. Anything less is VANDALISM they say. So who can the politicians turn to make an even handed decision? NO ONE!

    Until a proper representative organisation comes into being, and I don’t mean a recycled version of the current mish-mash, then the on-going success of US metal detecting depends on the various grades of efficiency of it’s opponents to get its ‘anti’ message across.

    When it all goes tits-up this blog will be crammed with people asking why nothing was done.

    Let me remind you all of Martin Niemöller’s famous statement and provocative poem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    • John you and I agree on this, but here in the States everyone just seems to go along to get along. Unfortunately it will take some monumental or drastic event for them to wake up.

  3. wintersen

    Re your Saxon coins link. Paul Coleman is NOT unemployed, and that’s not the ‘full story’. The Daily Wail – always out for a ‘rags to riches’ story – has been a little uneconomical with the truth – sells more papers! The phrase ‘Whip round for petrol’ also makes him sound desitute.

    Read the real story of Paul and his find in the next edition of a UK detecting magazine and see how the media all over the world reiterate the same old lies. Must be true – read it in the paper!

    • John, sounds like you have a scoop. I just now tried to search for more information, but it seems all the various newspapers and articles offer the same material. Somehow I feel certain you will fill us in on the details…..

      • This from the Barford blog regarding the Lenborough Hoard to which ‘Wintersen’ refers. Like LAZY JOURNALISM, Barford also does LAZY ARCHEAOLOGICAL JOURNALISM too, and as inaccurate as his Artefact Erosion Counter:-

        Friday, 2 January 2015
        Treasure Means “Never Have to Work Again”
        This puts ‘living off the state’ in a totally new light. Lenborough Hoard, not-in-it-fer-the-munny, but….

        “this means I will never have to work again – it’s a massive weight off my mind”.
        Working for a living rather than profiting from flogging off the nation’s archaeological heritage tends to be (source:’Amateur treasure hunter finds £1million hoard of 1,000-year-old Anglo Saxon coins – after a whip-round for petrol to get there’ Daily Mail, 1 January 2015).

        Heritage Action take the idea to its logical conclusion in their “Heritage Shorts”:

        Maybe we should now make “Treasure Hunting” one of the activities we should be encouraging Jobseekers to indulge in? We could keep paying them Jobseekers Allowance on condition they spend at least 40 hours a week searching and then stop if they hit the jackpot. Everyone’s a winner, innit? The rest of the world would be even further impressed by how enlightened Britain’s portable antiquities policies is.

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