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East Texans dig for treasure


POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:11pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 3:32pm

It was a day of dirt, sweat and history as two different metal detecting groups came together for a day long dig at the Roseland Plantation in Ben Wheeler.

Owner of the plantation, Tim West, said he was excited to have the groups out.

"It's really neat," West said. "We bought this property 15 years ago and we love to show it to any group."

What if they find something valuable?

"If they find something I'm sure they'll share it," West said. "And if they don't, well, that's okay too."

"I'm hoping to find something," said Gary Ford, who organized the event. "Something to make it worth while coming out here."

Ford said one reason for the hunt was because a few people from Garrett Detectors could come out.

He says their tools make it easy to detect trash from treasure.

"I've always had a love of history," said Bob Sullivan, owner and seller of Metal Detectors. "And this goes hand in glove with my love of history."

Sullivan has been "metal detectin' since '82."

For him it's much more than just a hobby.

"My favorite part is digging up the civil war relics," Sullivan said. "Touching history, it's important to bring it back to life."

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...SHOVELS !!! Are they nuts ??

Ever hear of the Texas Antiquates Act?

When you find that 'treasure' you are supposed to give it to the State of Texas.

Yes 100 percent. You cannot keep a dime of it. It is Texas property and jail if you fail to turn it over.

Yea it isn't fair but that is the law and why no one has gone after the three Spanish galleons sunk off of Padre Island.

This only applies to state or federal lands. On private property with permission is still allowed as long as one isn't excavating a grave or similar activities.

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