American Digger on Spike TV:
In the US, there are millions of historical relics buried in backyards just waiting to be discovered and turned into profit. “American Digger” hopes to claim a piece of that pie as the series travels to a different city each week, including Detroit, MI, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL and Jamestown, VA searching for high-value artifacts and relics, some of which have been untouched for centuries. After pinpointing historical locations such as Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields, Savage’s first task is to convince reluctant homeowners to let his team dig up their property using state-of-the-art metal detectors and heavy-duty excavation equipment.
Diggers on the National Geographic Channel: “Montana Juice”
Ringy and KG are headed to an old prison in Montana to help the local museum curator uncover buried treasure. The shuttered prison has remained unopened for decades, but it once held some of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West. Who knows what the boys will find that once belonged to the prisons infamous residents Contraband? Bullets? A shank?
The Extreme History Project strongly condemns the irresponsible production and presentation of the television shows Diggers, on The National Geographic Channel and American Digger on Spike TV. Both of these shows have a group of people with metal detectors and backhoes collecting “treasure” across the American heritage landscape. This activity represents nothing less than the looting and destruction of our shared American cultural heritage. Please join us in boycotting this show and condemning these channels for this outrageous encouragement of cultural heritage theft for private gain. Follow the links below to learn more and to express yourself on this issue and then send this link to everyone you know who supports cultural heritage preservation.
Spike TV’s American Digger
Tell Spike TV how you feel here
Join the Facebook page against National Geographic’s Diggers here
Sign the petition against National Geographic’s Diggers here:
Post a comment on the National Geographic Facebook page
Contact executives at Spike TV here
Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney
Gurney Productions, Inc.
8929 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 510
Los Angeles, California 90045
President, Spike TV
New York, New York 10019
Stephen K. Friedman
c/o MTV Studios
New York, New York 10036
President and Chief Executive Officer
New York, New York 10036
Comment on National Geographic’s American Digger here
Read the letter from the Society for American Archaeology to National Geographic here