Happy New Years! It sure is a beautiful day to be on the beach. It's much nicer than those 99 degree 90% humidity days that we get in the summer. Unfortunately the beach isn't eroding. In fact, its building. Still tons of shells and lots of sand.
One thing I like to do when the conditions are like this is to do a little eyeballing. Yes I swing my detector, but my focus is different. I focus on the shelly areas where light materials might wash up. Today I have a photo of some of the types of things that you might find in or close to shell piles. The musket balls weren't meant to be in this picture, but the light materials like the pottery shards, shell tools, bone implements, or glass just might be found on a day like this. This morning I was at one of the less frequently hunted beaches where I found a nice piece of black glass. It was partly encrusted. It could well have been from a treasure wreck, or maybe it was from a later time. In either case, it provided a clue that some other old stuff might be in the area and suggested that it might be a good place to look again.
In my photo today, you see some things that might be found on the beach when light things are washing up. At the top right you see going from right to left a bone point, a shell tool that was shaped to use as a sharpener, and then a shell that was shaped to use as a punch. On the left, you see pottery shards. The one next to the piece of china is decoratively incised. There is also a piece of lead sheeting in the picture and what I think would be called buck and ball.
At any rate, my point is that when the conditions are not ideal for finding gold and silver coins, you still might be able to find other things, especially non-metallic. They might not be valuable, but they can provide helpful clues.
I don't seem to stick to a topic very well, but one day soon I plan to talk a little about the Indian's that salvaged some of the Spanish shipwrecks.
Again, Happy New Year!