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Interesting discussion at the meeting last night about 3 Rivers Park and being confronted by police or others when out detecting.

 

With that in mind, would it be un-ethical to reply (when asked “what are you doing”?) that you are part of the GSTH Historical Research Group and you are doing research in the area?  Since our group makes monthly reports (and even votes on the coolest finds), and we are indeed part of an organized group…..I would think that “how” we explain what we are doing is the biggest problem we face.

 

If we (maybe) had a patch, hat, card or something to hand them showing a GSTH Historical Research Team logo……with contact information….maybe folks wouldn’t think we were a bunch of terrorists digging up everyone’s yards.

 

It's just a thought…….but by keeping a notepad of the day’s findings might also go a long way to “show” we are doing research.  And, by having several pieces of trash and dangerous things like broken bottles, rusty bottle caps, pull tabs…etc, it shows we are cleaning things up and making it safer for everyone.


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I think our best defense is careful digging and making sure we fill our holes properly.
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Agreed 100% with the proper digging and filling of holes.  I watched a LOT of you-tube videos on that issue when I got started.......  I know that probably most of the members are very seasoned on that topic, but occasionally, it might be a good topic to go over with a slide show or movie or something so new folks can get some tips on how to do it better. 

Just a thought.

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All anyone needs to do is come to a club meeting and listen for Dwayne's voice.  If they here his voice, it will most likely be him talking about how to properly dig in a park. [biggrin]

But a video is a good idea!

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Ah, the welcoming rain today!  Up to a couple days ago, the turf was getting concrete hard.  Anyone who digs in the soil knows this presents two problems: digging and detector reading depth.  As with moist soil, detecting depth increases and so does the ease of digging.  There is one other advantage: the plug that you cut, will most not likely dry out and die, as you would get in drought conditions. 

Now, I mentioned "plug", which is sort of a misnomer.  Experienced diggers do not cut a full plug.  Instead, cut a "half moon" to open the sod and the attached part is "hinged" over onto the uncut portion.  When the target is recovered, the hole is filled with removed dirt and the hinged sod is flipped back in position and pressed down.

Cutting into the soil is a last resort, if recovery cannot be made prompt with a screwdriver or probe.

I think we used to have a flyer explaining the method and perhaps I can track one down before the next meeting.

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