Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Artefact Hunting Equipment: the Pinpoint Probe

What kind of equipment would a professional artefact hunter use? Well, to get those artefacts out of the ground quicker for example they might use a pinpoint probe like this one from Garrett.

This one is being used by a US metal detectorist (dermatitis alert here) and had vibration features and a LED so you can use it in "low light conditions" (nudge-nudge, wink-wink). You even get a manly hip-holster with it to help you look the part as you swagger out at the next rally. Or you could get one shaped like a pistol for that real Wild West gold prospector look. But don't laugh, here's a video of a ground-stabbing guy (that turf's not going to grow back) using one of the latter to find a really, really old (1782!) coin ...

This is obviously just a part of the equipment an artefact hunter might use to speed up the hoiking of artefacts out of archaeological sites and assemblages. Obviously nobody is going to be groping around on sites on their knees using this instead of a metal detector, such as one of the new generation "depth advantage" site-wreckers, but used together with one, it speeds the process of destruction no end.

1 comment:

Paul Barford said...

Well, that's a first this post attracted a spam-poster, advertising agricultural equipment. Oh I do hope he thought it meant LANDOWNERS/FARMERS would be reading this.

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