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Metal Detecting Hobby Talk
    January 2018       Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 8 Number 94
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I would like to point out to the News Brief readers that there are a number of organizations taking on the challenge against various types of legislation dealing with metal detecting and gold prospecting. MDHTALK's recommendation is to visit their website 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 organizations and a link to their website.
Go to the Join The Fight MDHTALK Webpage to read more about each of these organizations


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The news brief provides a brief look into any news event. The intent of the news brief is to provide you, the reader, with news clips on what was taking place in the hobby last month. To read the whole story select the Article Link or go to There are more news stories placed on the MDHTALK website for December the news stories listed in the MDHTALK News Brief are just a portion of all the hobby related news reported the past month.  The news Brief is now available in Adobe PDF format, there is a link at the top of this webpage. The news brief is no longer emailed; it is only available on the MDHTALK website and can be downloaded.

The Website's featured article for this month: Thoughts on Responsible Metal Detecting. The term Responsible Metal Detecting can be found in the Code of Practice on Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales a May 2006 publication. However, the term Responsible Metal Detecting in the U.S. is rarely used or defined. I have used the term in a number of articles but have never really thought about what this term encompasses. This short article will be an attempt to provide some definition for Responsible Metal Detecting.

Responsible Metal Detecting is to:
  • Know and Follow the Law,
  • Gain Permission,,
  • Apply the Metal Detecting Code of Ethics,
  • Join a Metal Detecting Club and National Metal Detecting Association,
  • Understand the Potential Cultural Value of Your Find,
  • Volunteer Your Services to the Hobby.
Know and Follow the Law means that one should read and understand the American Antiquities Act of 1906 and Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979. Archaeological resources are part of our Nation's heritage and these two acts cover archaeological resources and their recovery on public and Indian lands.

The two acts cover all national public / Indian lands and in many cases also have been adopted either wholly or in part by many states to cover state lands. There are also additional regulations that have been developed by the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Parks Service.

Most states also have laws that cover just state parks, beaches and recreation areas. States usually have a specific web-site where you can find out almost everything you need to know. Some states do not allow metal detecting under any situations, while most states require either verbal, written permission or a permit.

Then there are the county, city and school district laws. Each of these entities may also have laws regulation metal detecting on their specific lands. Contacting the authorities for these public entities should yield the information you need.
A good rule of thumb is if it is national, Indian land or is a historical site it is off limits to metal detecting and other lands require permission. Download and Read the Complete Article
General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • The Historical Hearne-Gidden Home Coming Back to Life. Article Link
  • Teen Makes Shocking Discovery While Metal Detecting (Photos). Article Link
  •  Okanagan city digs in heels over metal detector in parks. Article Link
  • Help us find the owner of this 1978 class ring from Altus High. Article Link
  •  The tales and treasures of sunken shipwrecks, and why they make for priceless investments. Article Link
  • 11 Times People Stumbled Upon Treasures In The Weirdest Places. Article Link
  • An accidental treasure hunter: Bay Area man discovers pre-quake and Civil War relics. Article Link
  •  Stranger finds engagement ring in sea just in time for woman's wedding. Article Link
  • 94-Year-Old 'Ten Commandments' Sphinx Unearthed in Coastal Dunes. Article Link
U.K. News
  • Record year for UK’s amateur treasure hunters. Article Link
  • Taunton metal detector group find rare coffin in Ilminster field. Article Link
  • Roman coins, Medieval gold ring and Tudor silver dress pin found by treasure-hunters in Cornwall. Article Link
  •  Mackenzie Crook: How I tamed a robin . Article Link
  • Night hawkers defile Cirencester's Roman amphitheatre. Article Link
  • The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists. Article Link
  • Real-life Detectorists' treasure finds to go before inquest. Article Link
  • Rare Iron Age ring uncovered. Article Link
  • Young Guns dig great hobby. Article Link
  • Anglo Saxon treasure found by student valued at £145,000. Article Link
  • Rise of the detectorists: how to hunt for treasure . Article Link
W.W. Meteorite News
  • Alien Minerals Discovered at Ancient Meteorite Strike Site in Scotland. Article Link
  • UFOs SAVED Earth from DEVASTATING meteor strike, claim conspiracy theorists. Article Link
  • Scientists finally know why meteors explode just before hitting Earth. Article Link
  • Police Dashcam Captures Fireball Streaking Across New Jersey Sky. Article Link
  • Bronze Age Elite Forged All Their Best Weapons and Jewelry From Meteorites. Article Link
Other News
  • American Mining Rights Association is not a gold club but rather an advocacy group for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands. December News
  • Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community December News
  • JW Fisher Detectors New Proton 5 Marine Magnetometer December Press Release
  • Lost Treasure E-Magazine December Issue
  • Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ) December News
  • Western Mining Alliance Newsletter
  • White's Discover November Magazine
Jewelry Returns
  • It's under there somewhere: Teenage Shropshire metal detectorist finds wedding ring hidden in snow. Article Link
  • Metal detector scores wedding ring missing in lake for 14 years. Article Link
  • Moment engagement ring lost on beach three months earlier is returned to couple. Article Link
  • Stranger finds engagement ring in sea just in time for woman's wedding. Article Link
North America Archaeology News
  • City halts work after earth-movers grade Tucson's birthplace site. Article Link
  • Archaeologists Uneasy as Trump Shrinks Bears Ears Monument Lands. Article Link
  • An archaeological dig unearths one of the earliest slave remains in Delaware. Article Link
  • Swamped: Rising seas to leave thousands of historical sites in the Southeast underwater. Article Link
Other News
Detectorists has returned for third and final series

Season Number Three

Episode One Video Link
Episode Two Video Link
Episode Three Video Link
Episode Four Video Link
Episode Five Video Link
Episode Six Video Link Final Episode

The final episode of Detectorists is “one of the most satisfying conclusions ever”

There is so much love for Detectorists. On any day of the week, just type in its hashtag and you’ll find posts like “one of the finest shows ever written”, “the antidote to Trump, Brexit and reality TV” and “please don’t let it be the last series”. Sherlock actor Amanda Abbington is among its famous fans, calling it “glorious television comedy at its best”. Read more
Public Lands for the People - A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization PLP Press Release
Dear PLP Supporter:
Dave McCracken distributed this important message to the mining community recently. The PLP Board is more than happy to pass this along to our recipients with the confidence that most of you will read the detailed message and take the appropriate action. This will take some time, so please set aside a few hours and do your part.

We just found out that the Solicitor General has submitted a briefing to the U.S. Supreme Court which completely misrepresents what is at stake in the Rinehart case, and presents a completely false explanation of why the Supreme Court should not review the Rinehart case. This is hugely alarming since the Solicitor General is supposed to be on the side of “Making America Great Again." Here is just one more reminder of how deep and pervasive the deep state is -- or "the swamp" as it is commonly referred to. Read More

Western Mining Alliance Press Release
On December 6th the Solicitor General of the United States issued a reply briefing to the U.S. Supreme Court recommending they not review the Rinehart Case.

Had the Solicitor General supported the petition the odds of acceptance by the Supreme Court would have been 70%. The odds have now dropped to 30%.
You can find our letters, and the briefing on our web page: Read More
Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting Events.
Now is the time to start planning and getting your club's 2018/19 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.
  • January 21, 2018 (One Day)
    Belmar, New Jersey
    East Coast Research and Discovery Assn
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the Complete Event Details for January
  • February 09, 2018 (Three Days)
    Quartzsite, Arizona
    Quartzsite Gold Show
  • February 17, 2018 (Two Days)
    Monroe, Washington
    2018 Gold, Gem & Mineral Show
    Washington Prospectors Mining Association
  • February 18, 2018 (Two Days)
    Tucson, Arizona
    2018 Gold & Treasure Show
    GPAA-Gold Prospectors Assn of America
  • February 24, 2018 (One Day)
    Galveston, Texas
    All Token Hunt
  • February 24, 2018 Event: (One Day)
    Galveston, Texas
    36th Annual Open Beach Hunt
    Houston Archeology Recovery Clubs (HARC)
  • February 24, 2018 (Two Days)
    Pomona, California
    2018 Gold & Treasure Show
    GPAA-Gold Prospectors Assn of America

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