My picture today is of a part of a silver chain that was found on a Treasure Coast shipwreck beach. It doesn't have any markings, but it is silver. Many of the links are nearly worn through and the chain is broke. I suspect that it might be from one of the wrecks, but I am not sure of that. It was found in association with some other shipwreck artifacts, but I am still not certain of its age or origin. I think I have seen pictures of similar chains that came from Spanish shipwrecks, but I can't find them right now. The links seem to be hand-made. They all are a little different even if wear isn't considered. If anyone can point me to a picture of a similar chain or can tell me what they think about the chain's origin, I would like to hear about it.
If you read this blog regularly, you probably know that I seldom use any discrimination. I almost never use discrimination when hunting the front beach from the high tide mark down. There are times however, like when detecting the middle or back beach, when you might want to use discrimination. I would still recommend not using any more than absolutely necessary. If you are on a very trashy beach, my advice would be to use only enough discrimination so that you are still picking up a little junk. The next time you go to that beach use just a little less. And every time you go to the same beach, cut down on the discrimination a bit. In time the beach will be nearly clean. If you use a long handled scoop, it really takes very little time and effort to remove the junk, and at the same time you will get some clues about the beach. Junk can provide useful information, like where people have been, how previous detectorists used their detector, etc. That can all be useful information. If for example, the other detectorists are missing nickels, they are probably missing other good targets in that range of discrimination. I've gone over that a bit before, so I'll leave it at that.
I'll have some more photos of recent shipwreck finds for you in the coming days, and some more links, and of course, I'll continue to watch the local beaches. I suspect that there are still things to find from recent tourists and spring breakers too.