"Students from all over the country are gathering on the grounds of the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historic site in Winnabow for an archaeological dig.
Peace College Archaeological Field School is conducting a project aimed at mapping Civil War barracks and learning more about life for the troops who battled their way through Southeastern North Carolina in the 1860s."
"When Justin Finley was 9 years old, he asked his mother if he could make a swimming hole in the backyard.
Finley never finished the pool, but he found a hobby buried in the dirt and clay of the family’s Sulphur home. He found a bottle buried in the yard.
It was old and had a skull and crossbones on it.
He later sold the bottle for a tidy profit.
'I was pretty much hooked from there,' Finley said.
These days, the 22-year-old lives in Del City. In his spare time, he grabs his metal detector and heads to any place he thinks might yield some treasure. But treasure hunting isn’t without its difficulties."
"Bill Baecker set out last Saturday seeking a treasure he would never profit from, but of greater value than anything he had ever searched for.
Metal detector in hand and attuned to a high setting, Baecker walked the lonely, rainy corner of U.S. 42 and Utica Road in Lebanon, the site of tragedy a few days earlier. Shortly after 3 p.m., his detector alerted him to the prize he sought.
Baecker discovered the lost wedding ring of Sgt. Brian Dulle, the sheriff’s deputy killed in a high-speed chase last week, and had it returned to his widow, Abbie Dulle, on the day of Dulle’s funeral. He and two others were honored Friday by the Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims."
I found this article about what is seemingly an offshot of our metal detecting hobby, and even really an extension as many folks who enjoy this hobby in the UK utilize MD's in their adventures.
'Mudlark' is an old term, dating back at least to Victorian river scavengers, and their modern-day counterparts took the name for themselves with a certain inverse pride. Ask a mudlark why he’s up to his knees in muck and detritus and you’ll probably hear about something he dug up in the garden when he was a little boy, or a childhood friend with a metal detector who pulled some brilliant thing out of the earth. (This is England, after all, a country my husband, the Irish poet Paul Muldoon, once said was 'coming down with history.')
"For nearly 40 years, Cathy White believed her beloved 1971 class ring from T.L. Handy High School in Bay City was lost forever — somewhere in the sands at the Bay City State Recreation Area.
White, 57, of Midland was brought to tears Wednesday upon learning the ring had been found and would soon be returned.
'This is a dream come true for me. I still can’t believe it,' White said while slipping the ring on her finger for the first time since she was 17 years old. 'It’s one thing to misplace something and still have hope that you’ll find it, but it was totally different to lose my ring, and know that I would never get it back.'"
"Walter D. Hodgson of Mercer County, Ill., joined the 124th Illinois Infantry at the age of 15 and went off to fight to preserve the Union during the Civil War.
About 100 years later, two of his great-grandsons, Don Finch of Bettendorf and his brother, Harry, packed up their metal detectors and set off to retrace their ancestor's steps through American history.
Don Finch estimates he has visited 80 percent of the Civil War battlefields.
'I got following everybody else's great-grandfather, too,' he said with a laugh."
"A long lost First World War medal has been returned to its family home in Oving after being found on a remote beach in Ireland.
It was picked up by keen treasure hunter Stephen Hunter, 28, who trawled through stacks of historical documents to finally trace it back to Edward Lewis Brunswick from the Aylesbury area, who died in 1975.
He was then able to find Edward’s son Roy, who is the oldest living ancestor of the war hero and was delighted to have the medal returned."
I came across this great story of some hobbyists in France who came across and were able to return the dog tag of a US WWII veteran. And believe it or not, I have connection. The vet was part of the US Army 94th Infantry. That unit, after WWII was redesignated a few times and eventully became the 94th RRC, which I served under while part of the 439th QM CO (PS) out of New Haven, CT.
"American World War II artifacts continue popping up in European fields and villages, but connecting them to the U.S. soldier who lost or left them there rarely happens. Unless, of course, the veteran's old family address is embossed on the artifact.
That's the case for Herb Schueler, 88, of Columbia, Illinois. He is a retired home builder who served in the U.S. Army 94th Infantry Division during World War II. He can't remember losing one of his two dog tags in the fall of 1944. But he did, and two French treasure hunters turned it up with a metal detector in the small village of Heric in northwest France about 15 miles from the town of Nantes."
I got this in my email today. It was an article about fun summer beach gadgets and whatnot. I saw the mention of the R/C Metal Detecting Dune Buggy and was pretty excited. However, apparently the thing was in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog two summers ago and is no longer available.
Kinda irked my email would send me this awesome link to something I can't buy anymore... because I assure you, I would have.
A nice article by Margaret Hartmann on Jezebel.com about a class ring returned by a fellow hobbyist.
"After three decades, most high school rings wind up ratting around the bottom of a jewelry drawer, but Karen Price Liebisch says she's excited that her class of 1975 ring has been returned 36 years after she lost it at Northwest High School in Ohio.
Liebisch recently received a letter school saying the ring she misplaced a few weeks before graduation had turned up. Earl Corson found it 20 years ago while using a metal director at Brookville Lake in Indiana, but only turned it in recently.
Liebisch said it only fits her pinkie now, but she plans to have it resized so she can wear it. 'It's nice to find a piece of your past like this,' she said. 'It had a lot of good memories attached to it and I am really happy to have it back.'"
NOTE: Image shown is not of actual ring found. Image Credits: Gtranquillity / Shutterstock
"While mine-clearing protocols have improved substantially since World War II, the technology used to locate buried landmines has changed little: De-miners use metal detectors to find and identify mines. On a battlefield strewn with metal debris, differentiating lethal mines from benign cans, wires, and casings is enormously time consuming.
Now, computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have designed an elegant system that ties in smartphones to assist humanitarian de-miners by augmenting the information supplied by their metal detectors. Their system, known as pattern enhancement tool for assisting land mine sensing (PETALS), and which will be presented at this week’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, takes de-mining advances in a new direction."
"When the "call" came into the West Manheim Township Police Department early Thursday morning, students in the Police Mentoring Program were ready.
The high school students, who are part of the program coordinated by the West Manheim Township, Penn Township and Southwestern Regional police departments, formed three investigative "units" outside the West Manheim Township Municipal Building to get to work.
The lead came from a 911 caller who saw a white SUV parked near the crime scene and the driver..."
That's the secret to hunting 150-year-old historic artifacts, according to Steve Miles, a retired plumbing teacher who has dug up a lot of London and area history over the past 15 years.
'When you're looking for history, you look for pottery shards,' Miles said. 'The more you see, the better your (spot) is. They last forever. They look just as good as they day they were broken or dropped. It's one of the only things they threw out and is still there.'"
"Investigators from the Scranton Police Department - hoping to find new evidence - on Monday scoured the area off Saginaw Street where the body of a murdered drug dealer was found in December.
Police Chief Dan Duffy said Detectives Michael Schultz, James Pappas and Joseph Castellano, one of the department's crime scene investigators, sought to corroborate or disprove information gleaned from interviews conducted during the course of the homicide investigation."