Thursday, August 20, 2015

You don't want to miss out on this this Treasure Hunt !

Don't forget to register for Deep Search Metal Detecting Club's 24th Annual Open Treasure Hunt on October 10th at Seven President's Park on the beach in Long Branch NJ.
Prizes include: SILVER coins, GOLD coins, Metal Detectors - GOOD ONES (Deus Wireless, Garrett, Whites, MineLab, Tesoro, Fisher, Teknetics)!!!, pin pointers, Lesche digging tools, sand scoops, 55" Flat Screen Televisions, Samsung Tablets, AND LOTS MORE! FOUR BIG HUNTS FOR ONE LOW PRICE. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Civil War artifact thieves sentenced to 30 months in federal prison

Two Tennessee men who illegally excavated Civil War artifacts from the Shiloh National Military Park and Fort McCook have been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Kenneth Stephen Fagin Jr., 39, of South Pittsburgh, Tenn., and Terry Bruce Tate, 61, of Manchester, Tenn., were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga on July 30, 2015

In addition to the 30-month prison sentence, Fagin was ordered to pay $22,463 in restitution to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the National Park Service to cover the cost of restoration and repair to the sites. Tate was ordered to pay $21,619.59 in restitution to the TVA.

Upon their release from prison, Fagin and Tate will each serve a one year term of supervised release.

Fagin and Tate pleaded guilty in February to violating the Archaeological Resource Protection Act, with the violations taking place in eastern and western Tennessee and northern Alabama.

ARPA became law in 1979 as a way to protect against the loss and destruction of archaeological resources found on public and Indian lands that are an “irreplaceable part of the nation’s heritage.”

Prosecutors say that from September 2007 to July 2011, Fagin, Tate and others excavated Civil War-era artifacts from the bottom of Fort McCook, also known as Battle Creek, which is located on TVA property. Fagin would use scuba diving equipment, a pontoon boat and an underwater metal detector to locate the artifacts.

Specifically, Fagin, Tate and others recovered Civil War Hotchkiss shells, which are pieces of artillery used during the Civil War. Fagin and Tate did not have permits as required under the ARPA nor did they have authority from TVA or any other entity to excavate artifacts from Battle Creek.

Court records state Fagin operated a combined bail bond company and artifact company called “Historical Resurrections” (located in Jasper, Tenn.) and was known to process, clean and sell archaeological resources. Fagin generated his own authentication reports and sold the items on eBay.

Fagin and Tate excavated Civil War era U-rails from public lands in Bridgeport, Ala., in August 2009. The next year, the two men made a counterfeit “Sherman Bow-Tie” from the excavated Urails and sold it to an investor for the purpose of placing it in the Southern Railroad Museum in Kennesaw, Ga.

Prosecutors say that in August 2010, Fagin also excavated Civil War-era artifacts from the Shiloh National Military Park, including a .57 caliber three-ring rifle bullet; five fired three-ring rifle bullets and Schenkl artillery shell fragments.

Fagin had no permit or authorization from the National Park Service to excavate artifacts from Shiloh National Military Park, court records state.

Cases against three other men involved in the conspiracy have been previously resolved. Earlier this month, Michael Tarpley was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $12,851 in restitution; William Shirley also received two years probation and $12,821 in restitution. Charges against Victor Holmes were dismissed in October 2014.

Source: Times News

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Do you really need a shovel carrier on your tool belt ?

Called the "Ready Shovel" these shovel carriers fit onto your tool belt and come in three different types depending on what type of shovel you have. They sell for $16.95 and are sold by

The Ready Shovel is used for carrying a T-handle or D-handle shovel or entrenching tool from a belt. It has a belt loop and formed plastic handle support. This allows you to walk with a shovel hanging from the belt and then easily removing it when needed. 

Ready Shovel D-Handle Carrier

Ready Shovel Ball-Handle Carrier —

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jersey Shore Summer Beach Replenishment Projects


Although most beaches in New Jersey are in good shape, there are some ongoing projects that could hinder accessibility at some point in the next few months.
Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, parts of the Jersey Shore are still trying to recover. Part of that recovery involves ongoing beach replenishment projects, boardwalk repairs and erosion protection.
Here's a look at those projects and a schedule of what to expect:

Long Beach Island
A $128 million beach replenishment project is underway in some towns on the 18-mile barrier island in Ocean County. 
  • Nebraska Avenue and 34th Street in Long Beach Township, early June through late July
  • 34th Street in Long Beach Township 11th Street in Beach Haven, from late July through mid September
  • 11th Street to Ocean Street in Beach Haven, from mid September to mid November

  • Ocean City
  • Beachfill started April 17 and should end around July 15
  • 55th Street north to 49th Street, from mid May to mid June

  • 55th Street south to 59th Street, from mid June to mid July

  • Strathmere to Sea Isle City

  • Hamilton Avenue south to 8th Street in Sea Isle City, from mid July to early August

  • 30th Street in Sea Isle City north to 8th Street, from early August to late August

  • 30th Street south to 52nd Street in Sea Isle City, from late August to mid September

  • 69nd Street north to 52nd Street, from mid September to mid October

  • Loch Arbour, Allenhurst
    Crews will be in Loch Arbour and Allenhurst to clean up pieces of World War I-era projectiles pumped onto the beaches there as part of the ongoing beach replenishment project.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects no beaches to be closed before Memorial Day while the initial surface cleanup takes place, but said beaches will be closed periodically in the coming weeks to conduct a more thorough for the boosters, which are components of ammunition used during World War I. 

    Long Branch
    Work is finally scheduled to get underway June 1 to replace a mile of boardwalk in the southern end of town destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. But the public beaches will be open.
    The $14.4 million project also involves construction of a sea wall to repair the severe erosion – resulting in steep cliffs – left by Sandy in the southern section. The work will run through the summer and should be completed by next May.

    The association beaches in southern Brick, from Camp Osborn south, including Normandy Beach, have a severe erosion problem, which has caused a 3- 6-foot drop-off leading to the ocean. The township has constructed temporary access ramps at some entrance points. State and local officials say the problem most likely won't be repaired this summer. 

    Ocean Grove
    Beaches will be open despite the ongoing repair work to the boardwalk from Hurricane Sandy. 

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    My Time: Finding history at metal detecting challenge

    More than 65 treasure hunters attended the first metal detecting challenge March 28 at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville. The event, co-sponsored by the Queen Anne's County Department of Tourism and CBEC, drew competitors from six states.
    The property was ideal for finding old-time coins, keys, belt buckles, horseshoes, hand-made nails, boat spikes and other items lost by the former residents and guests. Finds included Army coat buttons from World War I, a 1906 V-nickel, drawer pulls and many other household objects. Other items, some of which earned finders a prize, were planted by organizers.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    2015 New Jersey Festivals published a list of festivals taking place in New Jersey during 2015. Just saying that some of these places could be good spots to do some detecting after the events are over. 
    Do some homework and scope out some of these sites. Just make sure you obey the law, do not trespass on private property without first asking permission.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Ten 1933 Double Eagles Worth $80 Million

     A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more  after a US appeals court overturned a jury verdict.
    US Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the US Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard.
    They argued that Joan Langbord and her sons cannot lawfully own the coins, which she said she found in a family bank deposit box in 2003.
    Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings. A jury in 2012 sided with the government.
    However, the appeals court returned the coins to the Langbords because US officials had not responded within a 90-day limit to the family's seized-property claim, filed in about 2004.
    Family lawyer Barry Berke said: 'Congress clearly intended for there to be limits on the government's ability to seek forfeiture of citizens' property, and today's ruling reaffirms that those limits are real and won't be excused when the government violates them.'
    Her sons, entertainment lawyer Roy Langbord, of New York City, and David Langbord, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, joined her in the legal fight.
    The Mint struck nearly a half-million of the Double Eagles in Philadelphia in 1933 but never released them after President Franklin D. Roosevelt abandoned the gold standard and prohibited using the gold coins as currency.
    The money makers in Philadelphia sent all of their gold coins to be melted in 1937. The Mint sent a pair of 1933 Double Eagles to the Smithsonian Institution for its US coin collection.

    Source: Daily Mail  Photos: Getty Images

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Legally Blind Woman's Passion Is Metal Detecting

    An 1898 Indian Head penny. A pinback button from the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen, circa 1917. A student’s 1987-88 Churchill High School ID card. 
    Those are just some of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of things Janet Roberts has unearthed with her metal detector during the past year or so. “It’s amazing what you can find out there,” says Roberts, 58.
    Amazing, also, when you consider that Roberts is legally blind, so the coins, cellphones, pet tags, bullets, railroad spikes, jewelry, keys and everything else is just a blur before she examines them with a magnifying glass.
    “I have no central vision at all,” says Roberts, a part-time orderly and certified nursing assistant at Springfield’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “I look at a face and everything’s gone, except the sides.”
    Roberts, who has 20/400 vision, says she was 33 when her eyes hemorrhaged, an episode brought on by a condition known as cone dystrophy, an inherited ocular disorder characterized by the loss of cone cells, the eyes’ photoreceptors responsible for both central and color vision.
    “It will never get better,” Roberts says. “It’s like I’m blind as a bat. I’ve just learned to adapt with it and do the things that I like to do.”
    And there is nothing she likes to do more than take the $350 Garrett Graphic Design ID metal detector that her husband, David Roberts, bought her and spend four to six hours a few days a week on and around the 682-foot butte that sits in the middle of Eugene.
    “She found a nice turquoise ring, and it fit pretty good,” David Roberts says, gazing down at his wife working in the muddy grass below the parking lot atop the butte.
    “I told her it was a good trade for the metal detector,” he adds with a grin.