Giving back, my idea of what to do with lost history once it's found...

When people find out that I like to metal detect, by far the most common question is "What's the best thing you've ever found?" The second question is "What do you do with the stuff you find?" I tell them I give a lot of it away...

I have found so many of the same objects its not funny. I have thousands of Civil War bullets of various types. Buttons and more buttons. Civil War Artillery pieces coming out of my ears. I do keep some stuff but you can only have so much. I did have a store on this site at one time but never sold anything. I wasn't sure how I felt about selling it either...

I offer the gracious land owners any and all finds that let me search their property, some are not interested enough to want the artifacts, most see how excited I am and ask that I keep them. I have put together shadow boxes of relics and giving them to the land owners many times. 

My favorite thing to do with the artifacts I find is to give them to young people in an effort to get them excited about our history. Late last year, I sent off a package to a school teacher in Florida. We are friends on Facebook via a few artifact FB pages. She sent back some photos of the kids with the relics and it looked like...well I think the photos speak for themselves. 

I think as metal detectorist, treasure hunters, amatuer archaeologist or what every we call our selves, finding lost history is only part of it, we need to share what was lost and now is found. For me, kids being able to actually touch an artifact related to what they are studying is priceless.

JC Johnson

 

Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio (CWPPO)

On October 7th-9th, 2016 the CWPPO will be holding an event in Morgan County, Ohio to help recover relics related to Civil War activities in that area. If you would like to participate in this event or order a T-shirt and window sticker to support us, please register by filling out the form below.

This event is partially funded by the registration fees collected by the CWPPO from people who want to help recover relics. You must be registered to be permitted on the property where the relic recovery effort will take place.

I'll be attending this year and maybe doing some diving on the Muskingum River. Full report to come...

Full website here

JC JOHNSON

"Treasure of the Trinity" Snake Island...

NEW DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES ‘TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND’ SETS OUT TO FIND LEGENDARY TREASURE IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY PLACES

Cork Graham, Expedition Leader:  Cork has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure.  At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd’s treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy.  He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.

Cork Graham, Expedition Leader:  Cork has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure.  At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd’s treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy.  He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.

In 1524, a horde of Incan gold – known as the “Treasure of the Trinity” – was stolen.  For 500 years, Jesuits priests, privateers such as Thomas Cavendish and mathematician Paul Thiry have all searched the coast of Brazil for this legendary bounty, but in all that time, no one has cracked the code as to where the treasure might have been hidden… until now.

Discovery Channel will follow the adventures of these real-life treasure seekers who set out for two months in search of this priceless booty. TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND, an all-new series premiering Friday, July 17, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND is produced for Discovery Channel by MAK Pictures.   For MAK Pictures, Executive Producers are Mark Kadin and Will Ehbrecht.  For Discovery Channel, Executive Producer is Joseph Boyle with Associate Producer Sara Van Acker. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery. 

Best under water metal detector is the Minelab Excaliber