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David Shackleton

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David enjoys reading about US History and loves to spend time conducting research. He is an avid Civil War enthusiast and loves to visit the battlefields around his home in Virginia. He started metal detecting in 2005 and actually enjoys knocking on doors to ask for permission to hunt for relics on private property. David says “it only takes one land owner to give you permission to hunt. Put a Minelab in their hands, and you’ve made a friend for life. Just be sure to get your Minelab back when you leave!”

David’s best find so far is a fired Confederate cannon ball that was recovered with a spent fuse. It was still intact and lodged under a massive tree root. It was found on a construction site just one mile from a major engagement area. The massive iron sphere was professionally deactivated and cleaned.

Best find so far a Confederate cannon ballConfederate cannon ball

David Shackleton's Civil War relic findsCollection of Civil War relics

David also enjoys prospecting for gold and travels frequently to hunt for the illusive metal. As with hunting for Civil War relics, David enjoys the challenges of the hunt and the thrill of discovery, but especially enjoys conducting the detailed research. “It’s like putting together a giant puzzle, and that’s the best part of metal detecting and gold prospecting.” 


Hats off to JEB Stuart

October 08, 2012 09:21am

Famous war Generals are remembered in history for various things. Some are recalled due to their tactical decision making, glorious battles won or lost, statements made, or their personalities. JEB Stuart, a famous cavalry General serving in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, is remembered by many for his flamboyant personality and aggressive battlefield tactics. JEB was a proud man, and he loved his hat.

Posted by David Shackleton on October 08, 2012 09:21am | 1 Comment

New Market Cannonade

June 15, 2012 04:20pm

My experience in the military has given me a much greater respect for soldiers who fought in battles during the 19th Century. As a US Marine, I learned about the distinct nature of offensive and defensive combat. I quickly realized the rigors associated both with specific regards to what you can expect or assume the enemy will do. There’s a major difference between today’s warfare and that of the 19th Century (and earlier).

Posted by David Shackleton on June 15, 2012 04:20pm | 0 Comments

A week worth remembering

March 20, 2012 01:15pm

It’s nearly impossible to summarize everything that took place at Minelab’s Archaeological Certification Program last week. I was in and out all week and was not a participant of the course, but as a bystander, I was able to watch the team as they worked through the rigorous schedule outlined by Dr. Matthew Reeves, Montpelier’s Director of Archaeology.

Posted by David Shackleton on March 20, 2012 01:15pm | 0 Comments

Making History at Montpelier

March 13, 2012 12:07pm

Today I had the opportunity to witness the making of history in more ways than one. Eleven metal detectorists from the Minelab community stepped off into a week-long course at James Madison’s Montpelier. They’ve immersed themselves into a world which demands a fundamental understanding of topics not often discussed in the metal detecting community, such as the preservation of history, landscape design and features, site and soil preservation, and non-intrusive survey techniques.

In the past, we’ve simply haven’t had the opportunity to cross paths with Archaeologists.
As of today, all that changes, thanks to Minelab and the Archaeology Department at James Madison’s Montpelier.

Posted by David Shackleton on March 13, 2012 12:07pm | 0 Comments

Opposing Battle Lines

February 01, 2012 02:27pm

I am very lucky to be surrounded on all sides by land which has witnessed incredible and historic events. However, luck has its most definite limits, and for a metal detectorist, some luck is best reserved for the field.

Posted by David Shackleton on February 01, 2012 02:27pm | 0 Comments

The Lost Bullet Boat Incident

December 15, 2011 03:08pm

Being a good relic hunter also means being good at conducting investigative historical research. The two go hand in hand, especially when you’re tracing the steps of battle lines that moved around the countryside frequently.

During the Civil War, both armies utilized natural waterways as a means of transporting troops, supplies, and equipment...

Posted by David Shackleton on December 15, 2011 03:08pm | 1 Comment

The Silver North Carolina Camp

November 16, 2011 09:46am

Metal detecting for American Civil War relics requires skill, the proper equipment, a good imagination, and permission to relic hunt on a property that has seen some kind of related activity. My level of skill is increasing every time I get out with Minelab’s incredible metal detectors, and my learning curve is definitely straightening out much faster when working with Bob Painter, aka “Relic Bob”...

Posted by David Shackleton on November 16, 2011 09:46am | 0 Comments

The Lucky Horseshoe Calvary Camp

October 27, 2011 10:20am

Active duty military life can be hard with frequent moves to new duty stations around the world. In 2005, I lucked out and received orders to Virginia. It was then that I was introduced to the hobby of metal detecting. The 100 miles between Richmond and Washington DC was the most highly contested soil during the Civil War as each army spent four years positioning for offensive and defensive actions...

Posted by David Shackleton on October 27, 2011 10:20am | 0 Comments
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