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Metal Detecting Hobby Talk
   March 2019         Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 9 Number 108
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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.
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The Website's featured article for this month is: Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List Download to Read this Article
Metal Detecting took form in the 1950-60s and the detectorists who were metal detecting at that time had very few restrictions and the finds were fabulous. Metal detecting during this period can be described similar to being in the old west with open ranges and anything goes. The finds stories from those in the hobby during that period are hard to believe against today’s detecting results.
So is Metal detecting on the Endangered List?
Let’s take a look at the barriers and variables that affect the hobby.

Is Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List? ---Next Step
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Metal Detecting StructureIntroduction. This article is a follow up to Recreational Metal Detecting on the Endangered List? YES
Each year there are more direct or indirect barriers to recreational metal detecting. The result is that these barriers make detecting more unlawful in the U.S. There probably are no silver bullets or break though solutions to change this environment; just hard work by those dedicated to preserving the hobby.

This article (Next Step) will be centered on Figure #1 which highlights the Recreational Metal Detecting Community and the Metal Detecting Supply Chain. Try to keep Figure #1 in your thoughts and refer to it from time to time as you read this article.

A very important negative aspect of the hobby is that the Recreational Metal Detecting Community is very fragmented. There are no cohesive alliances between the four major sections of the metal detecting community (Figure #1). Another important missing attribute is the lack of any outreach program to bring detectorist, clubs and associations together.

There are a couple of cohesive detecting state associations but they are the exception. Developing a state association in any state should be a very high priority since they fill a communication vacuum and offer the best avenue to a cohesive strong and supportive state metal detecting community.

Fragmentation is very apparent between area clubs and the individual detectorist. Clubs generally have no contact with other clubs except though an occasional metal detecting event. Most clubs have no outreach program to get individual detectorist to join their club.

Individual detectorist feel that they do not need to be associated with any organization since they may prefer to metal detect alone. Belonging to a club or organization will not inhibit an individual detectorist desire to metal detect alone but club participation does offers many advantages and opens new opportunities for the detectorist.
Hobby Related News
General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • Top 10 Places to Go Metal Detecting. Article Link
  • Discovering untold stories in a Louisiana pasture. Article Link
  • Local El Paso group searches for hidden treasures beneath our feet. Article Link
  • Numismatics goes viral in the United States: The coming Great American Coin Hunt. Article Link
  • Choosing the Right Detector. Article Link
  • Treasure hunter finds possible Roman coins on Bay Area beach. Article Link
  • Did Knights of the Golden Circle bury treasures in the South? Article Link
  • ‘Treasure’ hunters are searching California beaches for new and unique items unearthed by recent storms. Article Link
  • Jacksonville treasure hunter unearths memories of the past. Article Link
  • Family searching for lost wedding ring after sledding in Gabriel Park. Article Link
  • Treasure hunting on Lido Beach can make you rich. Article Link
  • Oyster farmer calls for ban on metal-detecting in bay. Article Link
  • Is it a sign? Huge wooden cross washes ashore on Fort Lauderdale beach. Article Link
  • Hobbyist shares archaeological finds. Article Link
  • Bronze baby Buddha found off WA's north coast could be Ming treasure. Article Link
  • 25 Real-Life Treasure Hunts That Turned Up Millions In Loot. Article Link
U.K. News
  • German beachcomber finds box of 30 WWII pistols after storm (PHOTOS) Article Link
  • Medieval gold ring found near Ludlow is declared treasure. Article Link
  • Metal detector group finds 17th Century coins worth £5,000 in Malvern field. Article Link
  • Metal detectorist makes two ‘explosive’ beach finds. Article Link
  • Alert as detectorist finds bomb on Dovercourt beach. Article Link
  • Anglo Saxon pendant from 6th century found by Whitstable metal detectorists near Marshside between Herne Bay and Canterbury. Article Link
  • Anglo-Saxon gilt silver sword pommel engraved with a SWASTIKA by its owner in the 6th Century when the symbol represented peace is set to sell for up to £3,000. Article Link
  • Viking arm ring fragment is declared treasure. Article Link
  • A cautionary tale for would-be UK treasure hunters. Article Link
  • Anglo-Saxon find in Ebberston field for metal-detecting enthusiast. Article Link
  • Historic Shropshire gold pendant find is one of UK's most significant ever. Article Link
  • Pembrokeshire chariot burial finds ruled as treasure. Article Link 2nd Article
Other News Sources
  • American Mining Rights Assn 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. February News
  • Gold Prospectors Assn of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community February News
  • Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ) February  News
  • PLP -Public Lands for the People Website
  • 1715 Fleet Society February Newsletter
Jewelry Returns
  • Wedding ring lost off Auckland's Waiheke Island found by diving metal detectorists. Article Link
  • Lost wedding ring found on Valentine’s Day. Article Link
  • Armed with his metal detector, B.C. resident reunites lost jewelry with their owners. Article Link
  • Class ring returned nearly 50 years later. Article Link
  • After 35 years, local woman recovers lost. Article Link
  • Ring Rescues’ Sean Boddie finds Scarborough man’s lost wedding ring 10m off City Beach. Article Link
North America Archaeology News
  • New archaeology sites documented in county. Article Link
  • Archaeologists getting closer to figuring out what happened to 'Lost Colony,' expert says. Article Link
  • Archaeologists Work at NY Site Where Human Bones Were Found. Article Link
  • Some of the rarest US coins ever found are hitting the market, thanks to NC shipwreck. Article Link
  • At Florida's gateway to space, archaeologists are in a race against time. Article Link
  • Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores. Article Link
  • Cobblestones at Poplar Forest Carriage Circle Revealed. Article Link
  • Dig Uncovers Details of First General Assembly Meeting Spot. Article Link
W.W. Meteorite News
  • NASA asteroid WARNING: 500-metre meteorite barrelling towards Earth THIS AFTERNOON. Article Link
  • Large meteor streaked across Florida, into Atlantic Ocean, scientists say. Article Link
  • Meteor fireball shoots through sky above Kent and seen from FIVE countries. Article Link
  • Was that a meteor? Space Coast residents buzz about green streak, bright flash in the sky. Article Link
  • Coloradans report seeing “fireball in the sky” across the state Thursday night. Article Link
  • Meteorites strike western Cuba. Article Link
  • Rare heart-shaped meteorite up for auction ahead of Valentine’s Day. Article Link
R.I. Relics founder fears metal detecting hobby is under siege By NICOLE DOTZENROD, Valley Breeze Staff Writer Web Link
LINCOLN – Would you allow someone to hunt for metal on your property?
The response from many people is “no,” says Nathan Matthews, of Lincoln.

“I always ask permission, but it’s starting to seem like less and less people are OK with metal detecting,” he said. “It’s starting to become a major issue. More and more people look down on it now.”

Matthews, who runs Rhode Island Relics, a licensed and insured metal detecting group running annual events in the area, feels squeezed out of the town and state that he calls home, no longer welcome to partake in the hobby even on public lands.

He said he was first asked to stop metal detecting on the properties abutting the Chase Farm Park this fall, and was then booted from Lincoln Woods State Park shortly thereafter. Most recently, he said police officers asked him not to return to a spot he had been detecting near for years because he was passing through private property.

Matthews believes that under state legislation, a “no trespassing” sign must be posted on public land not owned by a land trust, otherwise someone can metal detect there (excluding residential properties, which require the owner’s permission).

For their part, members of the Lincoln Police Department say they have made no official directives regarding metal detecting. Capt. Philip Gould, the department’s public information officer, said there’s nothing on record prohibiting metal detecting on public property as long as detectorists obey local ordinances and avoid digging up the town’s sports complexes.

“Unless they’re metal detecting after hours or damaging property, we have no problem with it,” he said. “I don’t see a public danger with metal detecting as long as you’re abiding by local ordinances and being respectful of private property.”

The Lincoln Police Department doesn’t have jurisdiction over Lincoln Woods, which houses Rhode Island State Police barracks. When asked for comment, state police directed questions to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

A spokeswoman for RIDEM noted the law regarding metal detecting in state parks and management areas mandates that metal detectors or other location devices be “restricted to designated areas during specified time periods.”
Matthews, who has been asked to cease detecting on certain lands by RIDEM, said detectorists should be working with RIDEM, land trusts and local historical societies to recover “the history in the ground.” Instead, “they want it to stay lost in the ground forever,” he said.

“We just want to find the history for them,” he said. “It’s not about making money or finding treasure. A one-cent piece isn’t even worth a penny at this rate. You may find a coin but the value is virtually worthless … but it has serious historical significance.”

Matthews said the negative perception of metal detecting is not limited to Lincoln. While he noted that Cumberland’s former Mayor Bill Murray was welcoming and that managers of Franklin Farm never shut their doors to the metal detecting community, the rest of the town is not as welcoming.

“Go anywhere else in Cumberland and see what they say about metal detecting,” he said. “It’s all over the state. Now, as a metal detector you’d better prepare to drive three to four hours to find a place to metal detect.”

After his group hosted a “seeded hunt” at Franklin Farm last spring, a neighbor called to complain that they’d destroy the landscape.

“The reality is, hundreds of people show up, dig proper holes, remove trash and provide a history of the area,” Matthews said. Rhode Island Relics is planning another “Pound the Ground” event at the farm in April.

Matthews donates recovered relics to historical organizations or interested individuals.

“I don’t need 5,000 buckles,” he said. “If someone allows me to search their property, I always say they can keep what I find. I just want to take pictures for our Facebook page to promote the history.”

He said he also collects and properly disposes of bottles, trash and other urban waste in his travels, even disposing of heroin needles recovered from parks and playgrounds around the state.

“The thing that’s starting to stress me out is that we’re not hurting anybody. If there was any sort of criminal activity to worry about, it certainly wasn’t metal detecting,” said Matthews. “For some reason people are considering a passion for finding history in the ground criminal activity. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Event News
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  • March 02, 2019 (One Day)
    Longview, Texas
    8th Annual Piney Woods Relic Hunt
    East Texas Treasure Hunters Assn
  • March 02, 2019 (Two Days)
    Phoenix, Arizona
    2019 Phoenix Gold & Treasure Show
  • March 08, 2019 (Three Days)
    Pomona, California
    California's Natural Treasures
    Pasadena Lapidary Society
  • March 09, 2019 (Two Days)
    Fresno, California
    GPAA Gold & Treasure Show
  • March 09, 2019 (One Day)
    Wabasso, Florida
    32nd Annual TCAS Hunt
    TCAS - Treasure Coast Archaeological Society
  • March 16, 2019 (One day)
    Harlingen, Texas
    9th Annual Hunt
    Rio Grande Valley Metal Detecting Club
  • March 16, 2019 (One Day)
    Baker City, Oregon
    Porch panning
    Eastern Oregon Miners & Prospectors, Inc.
  • March 16, 2019 (Two Days)
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    20th Annual Gold Prospecting & Treasure Show
    Northwest Gold Prospectors Assn
  • March 16, 2019 (One Day)
    2019 Common Gold Dig
    AAGP - Arizona Assn of Gold Prospectors
  • March 19, 2019 (Five Days)
    Johannesburg, California
    2019 Duisenburg Outing
    LDMA-Lost Dutchman Mining Assn
  • March 23, 2019 (One Day)
    Johannesburg, California
    2019 Open Detector Hunts: Kids to Pros
    Gold Prospectors Assn of America & the Lost Dutchmans Mining Assn
  • March 23, 2019 (One Day)
    Manassas, Virginia
    XP Deus Boot Camp
    Instructors: Andy Sabisch and Hugh Campbell
  • March 23, 2019 (Two Days)
    Puyallup, Washington
    2019 Washington Gold & Treasure Show
  • March 29, 2019 (Two Days)
    Jefferson, Texas
    Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt
    Garrett Metal Detecting and Texas Assn of Metal Detecting Clubs
  • March 30, 2019 (One Day)
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
    Spring Bunny Hunt
    Deep Search Metal Detecting Club
  • March 30, 2019 (Two Days)
    Portland, Oregon
    2019 Oregon Gold & Treasure Show

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