Are you interested in historical artifacts? Do you like the idea of finding buried treasure in your backyard? Would you like to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise? Well, there is a way you can find it all: Get into metal detecting like KG and Ringy on the National Geographic Channel series Diggers.
Oh, there is no guarantee that one will go out and find hidden gems, of course. But, that doesn’t stop metal-detecting buffs Tim “Ringy” Saylor and “King” George Wyant from chasing the glory-that-could-be in their own—and others—backyards. And fields. And beaches. And historical sites. And everywhere they can get permission (yes, you do have to get permission) to run their detectors over the property.
"New Jersey, Old Nectar"
This week, KG and Ringy start off the night with a trip that they hope will find them nectar (“anything cool extracted from the earth”) from the earliest days of the U.S. According to National Geographic Channel:
The "history recovery machines" visit Cape May, one of the earliest settlements in North America, to find the last bullet shot in the Revolutionary War. As KG and Ringy are trying to place another piece into the puzzle of American history, they travel to Barnegat, N.J., where the final days of the Revolutionary War occurred. There, they both find fired roundballs that could belong to old British muskets. Will it be enough to prove this is the site of the last skirmish of the Revolutionary War?
Following up with a second episode, the guys are back home, helping out family. According to NatGeo:
Back home in Montana, the boys stop in at KG's mom's place to look for a ring she lost four years ago. Will KG be able to reunite his dear, sweet mama with her favorite ring? Then the guys hike into the hills toting an old-timey wooden sluice to go a-prospectin'. KG and Ringy give it a shot with the outdated equipment, and lo and behold there's gold in them there hills! They call in the big guns: Team ATC member Travis T.O. Johnson, who sets up his fully automated portable highbanker.
Exercise in Them There Fields!
Fans of NatGeo programming really should give Diggers a try. It's a fun show with a built-in educational flair. As one Huliq viewer commented:
Great Show with actual finds. Yes they get a little crazy, but we all need a good laugh on occasion. Metal detecting is a fabulous hobby that gets you outdoors, breathing and moving. Better than sitting on the couch playing with computer. Keep these 2 guys on here and I'll keep getting more friends to watch it. As soon as the weather gets better, I'll be in the field with my own metal detector and getting some fresh air, exercise and maybe find an old token or ring. WTG NatGeo...+++
Great suggestion by our reader on the exercise aspect of metal detecting, by the way.
Diggers airs on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday nights at 10 and 10:30 p.m.
Image: National Geographic Channel