All-New Diggers: Deep In Deadwood

As the Diggers crew caravan traveled through the flat country side of South Dakota, KG and Ringy imagined the iconic western cowboys meandering through the fields on horseback, and the covered wagons wheeling along the Oregon Trail. As we passed by Sturgis, motorcycle memorabilia decorated the sparse countryside, while billboards slathered with ads for scantly-clad women, casinos, and tattoo parlors attempted to entice travelers to stay. But there’s no fooling KG and Ringy. They were two men on a mission, and the infamous Deadwood called their names like a cowbell’s repetitive ring-a-ling for dinner.

As we approached the historic town, the flat roads began curling and winding through the mountain side, until we suddenly realized we were  amid the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. In the late 1800’s, gold was discovered in the Dakota Territory of South Dakota, and not long after, a rush of men came to the Black Hills in hopes of striking it big. Some say it was a wild town, full of rough and tumble cowboys that spent their days, mining, panning, and gambling their savings away. Of those men, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most prolific gunslingers of the Wild West, came to Deadwood to carve a place for his name in American history. Unfortunately for Wild Bill, Deadwood would make him infamous in the one way he hoped it wouldn’t; It would provide him with his final resting place, amid a game of poker.

2080153_deadmans-hand_5mjown5qsekcexmdnljym3zyjhncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_457x610KG and Ringy came to deadwood in hopes of finding some lost nectar from the infamous Wild Bill and a few of his cowboy comrades, like Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, Seth Bullock and Jack McCall. They started at the old Fairmont Hotel, the Deadwood hot spot in it’s glory days. As they strapped on their hiking boots and made their way through the steep hills of the gulch, their metal detectors were silent and the Diggers boys started to get worried. KG hit a tin can or two, but his spirits were hardly shaken. He lost site of Ringy as he snuck through the thick thorns and underbrush.

Suddenly, KG got a slammin’ hit of silver! He called out frantically to Ringy, who immediately dropped his things and began to inch his way through the shrubbery. KG reached down into his shallow hole, and pulled out a fantastic surprise. KG looked up with a smile and said, “I’ve got a good feeling about Deadwood. No pun intended. I think we’re just getting started! And he was right.

Catch DIGGERS TONIGHT @ 10:30 PM ET  to see what KG & Ringy dug up in the Black Hills!

By Jaye Callahan, Associate Producer, Diggers 

Comments

  1. robert gillis
    Massachusetts
    March 25, 2014, 10:31 pm

    Love the show. How about having a guest spot on diggers. I have access to some major revolutionary war sites. Thanks guys. Keep the spirit.

  2. Sharon R. Becker
    Osceola, Iowa
    March 26, 2014, 5:05 am

    Out of all of the “Diggers” episodes I’ve been forced to watch (men-folk in the household watch it after taking
    over the remote control), this Deadwood epsisode is the most assinine, stupid and moronic of them all. Obviously these two idiots don’t have a clue as to historical & true facts, which they prove time upon time again and again. The worse of the worst being this Deadwood episode. They should hang their heads in shame and mature beyond being 11 or 12-years-old mentally, emotionally, and in being human beings in general. National Geographic Wild should be ashamed and embarrassed for financing this program and then airing it. Shame, shame, shame on all of you.

  3. Jenifer K. Johnson
    United States
    March 28, 2014, 10:12 am

    “Diggers” and NGC’s newest program, “Nazi War Diggers,” are appalling misrepresentations of archaeological method. Site context and informed interpretation are absolutely essential in this field, and National Geographic should be ashamed to broadcast anything of this ilk.

  4. Robert Olson
    United States
    April 1, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Is there a reason why you have two adults acting like morons out detecting? This show is a disgrace to the hobby!

  5. Josh
    USA
    May 31, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Why don’t all of you quit being cry babies because you don’t have their job??? I mean honestly.. who cares what you think… they do something they love and they’re getting famous and rich by doing it… F*cking whiners…

  6. Marty Gary
    June 8, 2014, 12:50 am

    I was hoping that you guys would be real to the hobby but found out by watching closely that you have slipped a few things in the hole after digging it, for instance the coin with the diamond shape cut in the center. yeah you botched that one. I still watch but now it’s more or less to catch you placing items in the hole. You have too many camera cuts during the filming of a hole that you dig. I have seen one episode that showed two different coils at the same hole, I forget which one of you did this but when the camera showed the detector it was the small 5×8 coil but when it showed you digging the hole the coil was the stock 8×11 coil, go figure I had to rewind that one twice just to make sure it wasn’t me and it wasn’t you guys are fakkers not diggers.

    Anyway I guess it is good for TV, but not for my kids anymore. I want them to
    see the real way it is done and not soft dirt everytime you grab an artifact. I to use the same metal detector and want my kids to know the truth about digging!

  7. Eivin Hjornevik
    NORWAY
    November 14, 2014, 7:42 am

    Hi from Norway 🙂

    I am not going to what is right or what is wrong but we need this kind of program (metal detecting) on TV. If the program is made the way we do it, the general public will be bored to death Now to the finds. The silver bar is a piece of a solder bar (made of silver and tin). http://www.dispensetips.com/xcart/Solder-Bar-SAC305-bar-solder-electrolytic-2.2-Kg-BAR.html But what about the china coin And the name on the tag ? I wish you spended more time about identifying the finds Regards Eivin