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Metal Detecting Hobby Talk
        May 2012       Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 3, Number 25
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I would like to point out to the News Brief readers that there are three organizations taking on the challenges of various new legislation dealing with metal detecting and gold prospecting. MDHTALK's recommendation is to visit their websites and give strong consideration to joining the fight. In some cases your support may be to send emails and / or write a letter to specific legislators or to provide funds to help with the fight. Here are the three organizations and a link to their websites.
    TFMDRF - Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation
    WMA - Western Mining Alliance
    PLP - Public lands for the People
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Minelab has Declared May 19th as National Metal Detecting Day and with support from Minelab and various metal detector groups, they are sponsoring "Go Minelabbing" events in 6 cities in the US, México, and Canada. Choose from any of the six event cities to enjoy a couple of fun days of superb detecting in search of gold, silver, and plenty of surprises! Website Link

Website The feature article on the MDHTALK website this month is on the Critical Factors to Consider Before Selecting a Metal Detector that is to be used on Fresh and Salt Water beaches. Metal Detecting beaches can be a challenge for any detectorist because of the ever changing beach conditions which can be encountered. The article will focus on beach condition changes and their affect on a metal detector's ability to operate correctly over the whole beach.

To start, there are major differences between fresh and salt water beaches and choosing a detector that can operate just fine on a freshwater beach may not be the right answer as a saltwater beach detector. That same freshwater beach detector may fail to operate properly or at all on a saltwater breach. This article will address the two different beach types, multi-function (VLF) detectors and pulse induction (PI) detectors.  Article Link

Websites and Forums that Linked to MDTALK this Past Month. This is a website that has a lot of links to other sites that offer help to detectorist  Complete Guide to Metal Detecting. The Archaeology for the Public has also linked to MDHTALK's Wyoming regulations page. Here are two forums that linked to the MDHTALK website: Oklahoma Hills Metal Detecting and UK Detector Net.

General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • Fresno, Ca. - California gold prospecting is the latest new hobby for weekends. With gold selling over $1,600 an ounce amateurs and pros are heading to the mountains. Article Link
  • Arizona - A detectorist who is a member of the Three Forks Treasure Hunters club shares his passion for metal detecting and the hunt. Article Link
  • New Zealand - A crew member struck gold, hauling a 1.44kg nugget of gold from the Kawarau River. Only to lose it again.  Article Link
  • Russian archaeologists have written to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asking for urgent help against the so-called “black diggers” who loot archaeological sites. They are sounding the alarm with the free sale of metal detectors and valuable finds bought by private dealers and collectors. Article Link
  • Seiad Valley, Ca. - Woman unearths 41 Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 19th Century gold coins in her garden while planting trees. Article Link
  • Durham - 24 Members of the Yankee Territory Coinshooters search for treasure at the 1709 James Wadsworth Home. Article Link
  • Drangovo, Bulgaria - Police have seized 61 antiques and eight coins found with a metal detector from a man's home.  Article Link
  • Florida-based Jupiter Wreck Inc. for the past 25 years, has been recovering coins and artifacts from what is believed to be a 1600s Spanish shipwreck off the eastern coast of Florida. Article link
UK News
  • Dales - Metal detectorist finds 33 silver Roman Dinari coins from 30AD to 170AD nine inches below the ground surface. Article Link
  • Huntington - A metal detectorist has found a valuable ancient gold ring almost three decades after finding a massive hoard of coins near the same location. Article Link
  • South Gloucestershire - Two 16th century silver pins were discovered seven miles apart by metal detectorist. The pins date back to Tudor times and may be worth hundreds of pounds.  Article Link
  • Flintshire - A metal detectorist found a 1050BC to 800BC old bronze socketed axe head. Article Link
  • Calderdale - The Warley Swingers are a band of detectorist who help find lost jewelry and sentimental items for local people. Article Link
  • Riccall - A Roman Gold ring dating back 2,000 years was found by a metal detectorist and has been declared treasure.  Article Link
  • Scotland - Task force to tackle historic property crimes. Experts say metal thefts and night hawkers are raiding protected sites for artifacts. Article Link
  • Redditch - A metal detectorist found a rare 15th century gold ring and it is estimated to sell for £4,000-6,000. Article Link
U.S. Archaeology News
  • Lukachukai, AZ - Researchers are releasing information and documentation on a seven year exploration project on Mayan structures and underground city. The project began in Seville, Spain's archives. Article Link
  • Collinsville, Ill. - A National landmark celebrates a civilization from 1100 AD that had 20,000 residents. Article Link
  • Tennessee - The Historical Commission has added ten Tennessee sites to the National Register of Historic Places. Article Link
  • Compton - A team of archaeologists and volunteers are close to locating a 1662 chapel at Newtowne Neck. Article Link
  • University of South Carolina - is seeking volunteers for an archaeological dig. Applications are being accepted from Apr. 30th to Jun 2nd. Article Link
  • Lincoln - An archaeologist / anthropologist says that an arena demolition may  destroy artifacts. Article Link
Legislation and Regulation Issues
  • Carthage, Mo. - On May 19, council member and owners of Hardesty Enterprises, are planning a metal detector’s day in Carthage’s parks. This appears to be in conjunction with Minelab's National Metal Detector’s Day. Every once in a while, long buried pieces of Carthage’s history come to the surface and sponsoring this event may result in more history being found. Article Link
  • Rochester - The message officials are giving: if you try to metal detect on the downtown construction site, you are trespassing. Article Link
  • Fort Lauderdale - City officials are looking for a way to protect a significant historical fort site. Archaeologists fear valuable history has already been lost to looters, since metal detectorist have indicated finding artifacts at the site on internet chat rooms  Article One Link, Leave a Comment Link, Article Three Link.
  • Petersburg, Va. - A new policy to ban metal detecting at Fort Lee on the Petersburg Army base. The policy is intended to protect archaeology resources dating back to the American Revolution. Article One, Article Two. This is probably resulting from a Petersburg man in December convicted of taking more than 9,000 artifacts from a nearby Civil War battlefield.
  • Kentucky HB 352 to open state parks for metal detecting is still blocked and frozen in committee. Bill Status The senate version of the bill has passed
Jewelry Returns
  • Naples Fla. - Detectorists reunites people with lost rings. Working through Ring Finders International, a group of independent contractors that hunt for lost jewelry. Since joining last year, the detectorists have reunited six people with their rings lost along beaches and in towns from Sarasota to Marco Island.  Article Link
  • Maui - A 38-year-old Kihei resident, the owner of Dave's Metal Detecting has returned more than 600 personal items to people who have lost them. Article Link
  • Springfield, Ill. - A detectorist searching in a field finds a dog tag that had been worn by a local farmer who rescue World War II soldiers from the English Channel. Article Link
Meteorite News
  • Reno, Nev. - A loud air explosion and fireball was seen and heard across much of Nevada and California. It rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls.         Article Link
  • Meteorite pieces are found in the California Gold Country after last Sundays explosion in the sky. Article Link
  • Texas - A daytime fireball sparked a wave of head-scratching in San Antonio last week. Article Link
  • Wethersfield, CT - Meteorites struck houses in 1971 and again in 1982. Article Link
Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting Events

Now is the time to start planning and getting your club's 2012 hunt information on the web. The sooner it is out and available to the metal detecting community the greater the chance for people to see it and give your event some consideration. Add Your Event Information Here
  • May 05, 2012 (Two Days)
    Boise, Idaho
    2012 Gold & Treasure Show
  • May 11, 2012 (Three Days)
    Richland, Washington
    24th Anniversary Treasure Hunt
    Southeast WA Association of Treasure Hunters (SWATH)
  • May 12, 2012 (Two Days)
    Placerville, California
    2012 Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit
    IMCJ Prospecting and Mining Journal
  • May 12, 2012 (Two Days)
    Salt lake City, Utah
    2012 Gold & Treasure Show
  • May 12, 2012 (One Day)
    Fernandina Beach, Florida
    13th Annual Low Country Shrimp Boil and Treasure Hunt
    Historical Recovery Assn of North Florida
  • May 19, 2012 (Two Days)
    Anaheim, California
    May 19th - National Metal Detecting Day.
    Minilab, Rusty's Gold & Treasure Hunting Supply, & Riverside Treasure Hunters Club
  • May 19, 2012 (One Day)
    Chesteron, Indiana
    National Metal Detecting Day!
    Windy City Detector Rental & Sales & Midwest Historical Research Society
  • May 19, 2012 (One Day)
    Rich Hill, Missouri
    4th Annual FMDF Diggin' It With Friends
    K & M Discovery Team
  • May 19, 2012 (Two Days)
    Atlantic City, New Jersey
    3nd Time's a Charm - Beach Hunt and Minilab Dinner
    East Coast Research & Discovery Assn
  • May 19, 2012 (One Day)
    Onset, Massachusetts
    20th Annual Open Treasure Hunt
    Gateway Treasure Hunters Club
  • May 19, 2012 (One Day)
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    25th Annual Spring Hunt
    Tidewater Coin and Relic Club
  • May 19, 2012 (One Day)
    Radersberg, Montana
    9th Annual Claim Jumpers Metal  Detecting Hunt
    Headwaters Chapter of the GPAA
  • May 19, 2012 (Two Days)
    Reno, Nevada
    2012 Gold & Treasure Show
  • May 26, 2012 (Two Days)
    Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
    Annual Southern Ontario Beach Hunt
  • May 26, 2012 (Two days)
    Ogden, Utah
    $9,000 Open Treasure Hunt
  • May 26, 2012 (Two Days)
    Stanwood, Washington
    2012 May Fest
    Pilchuck Treasure Hunting Clubs
  • May 26, 2012 (Two Days)
    Antlers, Oklahoma
    2012 WWATS Open All day Hunt
    WWATS - World Wide Assn of Treasure Seekers
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