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Newly Discovered Artifacts at Patriarch
Randall McCoy's Home in Rural
Hardy, Kentucky, Uncover Clues About Infamous McCoy and
Hatfield 1888 Showdown
2013 Marks the 125 th Anniversary of the Legendary Hatfield-McCoy New Year's Day Massacre"Diggers: Hatfields & McCoys" premieres Tuesday, January 29, at 10 PM ET/PTWASHINGTON,
Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The home of
Randall McCoy, the patriarch of the famed McCoy family, and the site of the deadly 1888
New Year's Day showdown between the Hatfields and the McCoys, and 125-year-old artifacts from that feud have been uncovered in rural
Kentucky. The discovery was made by the Diggers team shooting an episode of the National Geographic Channel series and confirmed by
Kim McBride, co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (jointly administered by the
University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council).
This site, located on private property in rural
Hardy, Ky., had long been speculated to be the McCoy's land and the site of the final family feud. Remains of the cabin where the family lived and artifacts from the site where the most famous feud in American history went down, however, had never been uncovered … until now!
The new National Geographic Channel series Diggers premieres
Tuesday, January 1, 2013, with back-to-back episodes at 10 and
10:30 PM ET/PT. The episode detailing the McCoy homestead discovery airs on
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at
Diggers hosts, amateur scientists, vocational metal detector enthusiasts and history buffs George "KG" Wyant and Tim "Ringy" Saylor, first discovered what they thought were clear signs that finally proved the McCoy home was on the property and that this was the site of the final
Hatfield-McCoy standoff, which helped to end at least a decade of family fighting. Conferring with the private landowners and working with Diggers staff archaeologist
Kate Culpepper and local historian
Bill Richardson, the team pinpointed the location of the home and discovered charred wooden board remains, as well as specific items from the home, including possible parts from a stove, nails and a plow blade fragment.
After they found the burned wood and artifacts, Wyant and Saylor followed protocol agreed on with the archaeology community at the start of the series production and called in McBride to verify the find. The team screened shovel test units and recorded the site with the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology, to ensure that the site was protected and the find was legitimate.