SPIKE Goes Hunting For Valuable Artifacts With 'American Digger'

January 31, 2012

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There's nothing more exciting than digging for treasure, and that's just what SPIKE TV's new unscripted original series, American Digger is going to do when it premiers on March 21 at 10/9c. Former professional wrestler Ric Savage and the American Savage team have the tools, knowhow, and instincts, and are ready to show everyone what could just be hidden beneath your backyard if you give them the chance.

American Digger will showcase Ric Savage and his crew trekking across the country each week, from Chicago, IL to Jamestown, VA and everywhere in between. Once the team identifies an area they think is ripe with high-value artifacts and relics, they'll have to convince the current homeowner to give them permission to dig up their backyard. If American Savage is persuasive enough, they'll get a chance to dig up the tenant's backyard using their state-of-the-art equipment, and divide the cash they get from selling the artifacts they find there with the tenant.

Savage and his crew definitely have an eye for artifact-rich areas, and will seek out historic sites as a result. These areas are home to great finds, as the team uncovers old relics in the show such as a 5 million year old Megalodon shark's tooth. American Savage is the top artifact recovery company in the United States and is made up of Ric Savage's wife Rita, who manages the business, battlefield historian Bob Buttafuso, recovery expert Rue Shumate, and Giuseppe, his 25-year old son.

American Digger is a 13 half-hour episode series created and produced by Gurney Productions ("Auction Hunters"), owned by Scott and Deirdre Gurney.

About Ric Savage:

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.