"Skull hunter"

Dear experts,

In the following context SKULL HUNTER apparently refers to a person conducting archeological excavations:

You win fame as the most proficient of young skull-hunters - and wander over the face of the globe, digging up bones like an old dog.

1. Is this usage current and familiar or just an author's metaphor?

2. Is it colloquial or professional jargon?

Thank you,

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Based on google.com search, the term skull hunter is still used in quite a few sources. This term is also listed in Oxford English Dictionary* under Skull as follows:

skull (n)
b. With agent-nouns, as skull-cracker, -hunter, -slinger, -thacker, -thatcher.

The use of the term in many different sources suggest that it should be a colloquial rather professional jargon.

(* http://www.oed.com/)

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