Spike TV Announces New Unscripted show ‘American Digger’

Written by Alex Tucker   // February 15, 2012   //




Unscripted Series Travels Around The Country Uncovering Hidden Treasure Found In The Backyards Of Everyday Americans

Series Following Former Professional Wrestler, Ric Savage And His Team Of Relic Hunters Premieres Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT



New York, NY, February 15, 2012 – Spike TV ventures around the country in search of historical treasure buried in the backyards of unsuspecting citizens in the new unscripted original series, “American Digger.” Premiering Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, “American Digger” follows the American Savage team, led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern- day relic hunter Ric Savage as they scour target-rich areas, such as battlefields and historic sites, in hopes of striking it rich by unearthing and selling rare pieces of American history.
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. The team will then sell any artifacts found for a substantial profit by consulting experts and scouring the antique and collectible markets, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners.
Throughout the series, items with great historical and cultural significance will be found, including a late 17th century British Carronade naval cannon, a 5 million year old Megalodon shark’s tooth and a 19th century Kentucky long rifle.
American Savage, based in Mechanicsville, VA, is the top artifact recovery company in the country, digging as much as half a million dollars worth of historical artifacts out of US soil each year. The team is comprised of recovery expert Rue Shumate, battlefield historian Bob Buttafuso, Savage’s wife Rita who manages the business and their 25-year old son Giuseppe, who provides tech support and is the “muscle” of the operation.
Born and raised in western North Carolina, Savage is a former professional wrestler turned artifact recovery expert, hunting relics from America’s past with the help of his all-star team, American Savage. “Heavy Metal” Ric Savage had a prolific seven year career in the sport, competing in nearly every wrestling organization, among them the WCW (World Championship Wrestling), the ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) and the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance). Following his retirement from professional wrestling in 1997, Savage returned to his other passion, the Civil War era, by getting his start in relic hunting. His first major find, a hunk of shrapnel he found at the site of the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, prompted him to form American Savage and continue his pursuit of history and riches. Since its inception, American Savage has recovered a wide range of valuable items, including hundreds of Civil War bullets, dozens of Civil War artillery shell fragments, multiple Native American arrow and axe heads, a set of prehistoric shark teeth and a Civil War era beer bottle.
“American Digger” is a 13 half-hour episode series created and produced by Gurney Productions (“Auction Hunters“), owned by Scott and Deirdre Gurney. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV and Justin Lacob is Director, Original Series.

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  1. By Loree, April 26, 2012

    I love the show. The guy who was an ex wrestler is great! I’ve turned my son and my neice onto the show. haha Makes you wanna go dig in some old person’s yard to surface some $$ goods. Keep the show going.

  2. By Jerry, April 28, 2012

    My 4 year old son and I love the show. We just bought metal detectors to start our own treasure hunts.

  3. By Anonymous, May 10, 2012

    do u really think we buy this crap sooooo unreal steel under gound for 50 years no rust at les try

  4. By Richard Flint, May 12, 2012

    To the producers of “American Diggers”
    I am a 100% service connected disabled combat Vietnam Veteran. I have a brother that is nine years my senior. He is 66 years old and still doing great. I will tell you this story in confidence, and you decide if you want to contact me.

    * When I was a teenager, just prior to entering the military, my brother and a friend stumbeled into a remote primitive area, this area was full of late 1800s to early 1900s dredging tracks. Rocks and gravel piled up on both sides of a dried up stream bed.
    They followed this trail of dredge tailings, and stumbeled on the dredge and abandon camps. I guess there was so much solid brass fittings, pipes cable etc, on this dredge it was incredible! They hauled out what they could on a few trips, and cashed in the brass for seveal then hundreds of dollars. He told me he was sick as he could not figure out away to salvage the entire area, to remote.
    And there may have been seveal dredges as it went on for miles! It can only be accessed in the summer months, but no one had step foot in his area for 100s of years.
    * you are professionals, this is not in California along the “Mother Load” country!
    email me if your interested, and I will have my brother contact you with more details! Several decades have passed on sence this find. I would have to say, there are no guarntees they have not been found.
    Great show!

  5. By Rebekah, May 16, 2012

    My son has a metal detecor we went to our school and tryed didn’t fine to much !!!!! Are you hiring?.. Lol. You need to show the rest of your stuff that you found…do you have a shop?please let me know…..seaelliott@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  6. By Anonymous, May 16, 2012

    I enjoy the show but would like to see some of the other places that was searched and artifacts that was found and what they get for them.

  7. By Bob Wasel, May 27, 2012

    Frank, congratulations on a great show. I liked it even before I knew you were on it. I am happy for you, when I watch your show it reminds me of all the fun times we had at the Conflict. If you get a chance contact Me.

  8. By Joy, May 29, 2012

    I dig Ric and his crew!!!!!You never know whats in the ground,history is right under your feet!I should know, I have recovered some of the best artifacts right out of my own yard,it doesnt get any better than that!!

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