Monthly Archives: April 2017

Butch Holcombe, American Digger…

More Q & A and this time it’s Butch Holcombe.  Butch really needs no introduction. His name and his American Digger magazine is synonymous with treasure hunting and more precisely, relic hunting.  Thank you Butch… Continue reading


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History from Mr. Howland…

John Howland

Thanks to John Howland for the following, who had to remind us that our “some” of our coinage came courtesy of the Brits.

I will remind him however that here in the colonies we at least have cold beer!  Continue reading


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So Der Ya Go!


Thanks for all the nice comments about the recent Q & A posts. Keep in mind they are only as good as the interviewees, a.k.a. the individual answering the questions.  If you enjoy them but have ideas on how to make them better or have questions you would like asked, let me know. Next up? Butch Holcombe, followed by Bob Sickler (The Detectorist)…. Continue reading


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Meanwhile at the Saloon…

Thanks to John Howland for the following bits and pieces, brainfarts and provocations from the U.K…

The Times are a-changin’

by John Howland

Contrary to how I’m usually depicted by archaeology’s Warsaw wing as a wholly unsavoury anti-archaeology bast**d (not that I give a damn anyway) I’m more than happy to report that mutual co-operation continues to grow between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Continue reading


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Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. Detecting Diva…

Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. the Detecting Diva

I may be wrong but one of the first gal tekkies to come on the scene in “recent years” was Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. Detecting Diva. I’ve never had the privilege of meeting the Diva but we have talked on Skype and stay in touch via email/social media.  From what I’ve heard she’s a dedicated, hard-working detectorist who will kick your butt when it comes to finding oxen shoes.

Sorry Diva, couldn’t resist…. Continue reading


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Is It the Detector or is it You?

If you have to ask if it’s too early to drink wine, we can’t be friends…..


I’m always amused at those YouTube videos with a tekkie opening the box of their brand new detector. Not putting it together or using it mind you…just a grand opening of the carton. Sort of a “voila…. lookie what I got”. Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled too when I get a new detector but I want to keep that emotional, poignant and deeply moving unboxing moment to myself. Continue reading


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Q&A With Todd Hiltz

Todd Hiltz

I finally got Todd Hiltz to do the Q&A thing but it wasn’t easy. He finally gave in when I agreed to share all the nasty things Dave Wise said about him. Took me a full day to shoot them all off via email. Continue reading


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Only the Dog-eared Need Apply…

I have been working on my book very sporadically and I got to thinking about the lack of new metal detecting/treasure hunting books coming out, and I am NOT  talking about those only available via download. Yes I am old school but it bothers me that our stories, experiences and pastime’s history may someday only be in cyberspace, not in printed form and before you write me off as clueless and useless let me try to explain. Continue reading


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Bob Buttafuso…the Relic

It’s only fitting that I share the following on the first day of April…

I first met Bob Buttafuso back in 1985 when he graciously volunteered his time to repair detectors at the FMDAC’s Treasure Weekend in Atlantic City.  He repaired any brand, any model detector, no charge. I was impressed, grateful and hopeful that he would join our effort. Today? I go out of my way to avoid the guy.  Continue reading


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