Resources

American Digger is proud to recommend these great websites, covering everything from US colonial era or earlier to modern day relic hunting, metal detecting finds, equipment, preservation, artifact or equipment purchases, clubs and associations. Be sure to tell them we sent you.

  • Allen David Workman Books – Orlando, Florida. Specializing in numismatic, military, and treasure hunting-related auction catalogs, books, and magazines for the discerning collector or casual hobbyist.
  • American Civil War Bullets & Cartridges – Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A reliable guide to identifying and pricing found ammunition from the War Between the States. Items for sale, as well.
  • American Civil War Relics & Other Militaria – Antietam battlefield vicinity. Dug and non-dug relics from the American Civil War for sale and identification, along with books and references.
  • Antique Arms and Armour –UK-based. Established 1968 by Andrew Bottomley. Original antique weapons and associated items for sale, including nautical items, percussion pistols, flintlock pistols, American revolvers, rimfire pistols, Bowie knives, Scottish dirks, basket hilt swords, Naval dirks, etc., from all eras, including American Civil war, American Revolutionary War, WWI & WWII.
  • Bullet and Shell – Atlanta, Georgia. For American Civil War artillery and bullet collectors looking to learn, buy and sell projectiles, fuses and implements. Contact with questions or to buy, sell or trade.
  • Champion Hill Relics – Brandon, Mississippi. John Spicer, Proprietor. Offering quality American Civil War, WWII and military antiquities.
  • Charles S. Harris – Chattanooga, Tennessee. Civil War author, photographer, researcher & appraiser, working to preserve our Civil War heritage. Expert in identifying Civil War era collectables and finds.
  • Civil War Artifact Preservation Association –Williamsport, MD. A not-for-profit group whose mission is the recovery, preservation, documentation and making available for public display historical artifacts found in local areas. Paul Martz and John Barone, directors. Preserving American History from 1861-1865.
  • Civil War Artillery – East Ellijay, Georgia. Created, owned and operated by Jack Melton. The largest artillery website with hundreds of photographs of Civil War artillery projectiles, cannon, fuses, glossary of terms, and much, much more. Artillery items for sale, updated regularly.
  • Civil War Connection – Madison, MS. Dan & Teresa Patterson maintain a catalog that contains one of the most complete listings of Civil War relics and collectibles on the Internet. They are interested in buying relics, single items or whole collections. They have almost 20 years experience in Civil War Militaria preservation, and will answer individual restoration questions as well as preserving your items.
  • Civil War Dealers and Collectors Association – CWDCA has been organized to protect the integrity of honest dealers of Civil War antiques. This is their directory.
  • Civil War Relic Man – Winchester, Virginia. Harry Ridgeway offers some beautiful pieces here. Also some great info on cleaning relics, and spotting fakes.
  • Dumpdiggers – Canadian blog chronicles the adventures of low-tech treasure hunters that research and recover historically valuable relics of all kinds from forgotten heritage sites all over North America.
  • Field Depth Enterprises – Stony Brook, New York. Jeff Foster’s detailed guides for White’s Electronics DFX and MXT Metal Detectors.
  • Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs (FMDAC) – National. The Federation of Metal Detector and  Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 and as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan legislative and educational organization. FMDAC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
  • Fort Donelson Relics – Dover, Tennessee. Since 2004, John and Nikki Walsh have offered a broad selection of American Civil War relics at their shop, all guaranteed to be 100% authentic.
  • Greybird Relics – Butch and Anita Holcombe offer civilian and military relics and collectibles from the Civil War. Items range from buttons and bullets to Victorian jewelry. Both dug and non-dug artifacts.
  • High Plains Prospectors – Overland Park, Kansas. Tools for metal detecting, gold prospecting, relic, or treasure hunting. This is their Blog.
  • Indian Artifact Grading Authority (IAGA) – The premiere artifact evaluation service for establishing the value of your artifact based assets. We are a comprehensive Indian Artifact service specializing in authentication, grading, appraisals, and liquidation.
  • J & W Civil War Relics – Gallatin, Tennessee. Run by Jack Masters, a dealer of American Civil War bullets, artillery fuses, general interest relics and photo images.
  • Metal Detecting in the USA – Northampton, Pennsylvania. Featuring stories, articles, tips and pictures about metal detecting, coinshooting and treasure hunting.
  • Our History Project (OHP) – National. Where the past comes to life and history becomes His Story. Saving United States history through education and preservation.
  • Penbrant Prehistoric Artifacts & Collectibles –Richmond, Kentucky. Monty & Jewdy Pennington, co-founders of AFACA, the Appalachian Foothills Artifact Collectors Association, have offerings that cover a broad spectrum of collecting interests.
  • Relic Hunter Supply – Lake Wateree, South Carolina. Owner “Carolina Clyde” McFadden offers a friendly, customer-oriented atmosphere for all your relic hunting needs.
  • Saving History Online Video Series – South Carolina’s Greg Toney offers a line of engaging videos of exciting hunts for some incredible finds. Not only entertaining, but instructional.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Metal Detecting – Getting started with metal detecting; everything you need to know. A Smarter Hobby site by Mark Orwig.
  • Southern Metal Detectors – Kennesaw, Georgia. Great prices on a great selection of metal detectors for the metal detecting hobby, as well as security metal detector and industrial metal detector needs.
  • Stones River Trading – Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tom Hays has some super Civil War artifacts at a great price.
  • Stout Standards – 30-year hobbyist Dick Stout, author of three books and hundreds of articles, as well as having worked in the metal detecting industry, offers treasure hunting/metal detecting information and tips, as well as his highly popular blog.
  • The Picket Post –Fredericksburg, Virginia. An online catalog of Civil War artifacts and relics and military antiques.
  • Tom’s Treasures Forum – Statesville, North Carolina. Free metal detecting forum.
  • Virginia Civil War Relics – Charlottesville, Virginia -Plez Bagby, collector/dealer of Civil War Relics, specializes in excavated buckles and plates.

Metal Detecting Clubs

We’re pleased to list your relic-related clubs here. We ask only that you keep us updated on any moves that cause changes in your website address. We check these links annually and any groups whose links have gone dead will be removed.

  • Coastal Empire History Hunters Association –Savannah, Georgia. A group of people who love history and enjoy sharing the hobby of metal detecting, relic recovery and preservation. We meet once a month at the Shoney’s Restaurant at I-95 & Hwy. 204  at 7:30 PM every fourth Thursday.
  • EARTH Metal Detecting Club of NY – (Electronic Archaeological Recovery Treasure Hunters), a club of 70+ members that meets and competes on a monthly basis.
  • Georgia Research and Recovery Club Smyrna, Georgia. Dedicated to the responsible hobby of preserving the past for future generations by providing social, technical and recreational informational exchange activities that provide for the enjoyment of  hunting and collecting items from the past and present.
  • Midwest Coin and Relic Hunters – Missouri. Dedicated to all men and women who have a love for history and preserving the hobby of metal detecting.
  • Northern Kentucky Treasure Hunters (NKTHC) – Florence, Kentucky. Metal detecting, relic hunting, bottle collecting, or any form of treasure hunting.
  • North Georgia Relic Hunters Association (NGRHA) – Marietta, Georgia. Seeks to further the enjoyment of responsibly collecting Civil War relics, old bottles and coins, and other historical items. The NGRHA is dedicated to preserving Georgia history through responsible excavation.
  • Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Association (NVRHA) – Clifton, Virginia. The oldest organized relic hunting club, organized to promote the study and preservation of the American Civil War through the location, identification and preservation of military and related historical artifacts.
  • The Central Virginia Civil War Collectors Association – Ashland, Virginia. An organization of Civil War collectors, relic hunters, history buffs, and antique military enthusiasts.
  • Utah Treasure Association – Salt Lake City, Utah; founded 2001. Dave Kyte – Founder/Editor/ Secretary. Utah & western history and relic hunters & finders.

We are happy to consider appropriate link exchanges. Please send us your information and inquiry.