Friday, December 3, 2010

12/3 Report - Non-metallic Treasure Coast Finds

Indian Pot Shard Found on the Treasure Coast.

This one was found at the beach on the surface. It is about an inch and a half square. It is darker on the outside than the inside and the outside shows some of a decorative design. Pot shards showing some ornamentation are almost always a bit more interesting - at least to me.

You might be able to see one line running from near the bottom center at about a forty five degree angle towards the upper left and two parallel lines on the opposite side.

Below you see a view of the other side (inside) of the same shard. Notice the rim edge at the top of the piece.

Another View of the Same Shard.

Some of you might have any interest in pot shards or Indian artifacts, but they do provide information when they show up on a beach. First it tells you that old light items are washing up - or out.

Second it tells you that there has been some activity at the site in past centuries. That is important and useful information.

Many sites where the Spanish camped were also associated with Indians. Sometimes the Indians were involved in salvaging shipwrecks, either of their own free will or otherwise.

We know that the Indians often interacted with the Spanish and both Spanish and Indian artifacts can be found at the same sites. Not too long ago I mentioned a Native American dwelling found in St. Augustine where there was a mission settlement.

Also, if the Indians found a particular site to be of some advantage, so would other people, weather it was a source of water, game, or strategic advantage. That means that it would be a good site to detect.

Use non-metallic signs like this as an indicator of a possibly good detecting site.

While on the subject of non-metallic items, watch out for loose emeralds. They have been found on the Treasure Coast.

Two Raw Emeralds.

They won't necessarily be cut and polished like those found in a ring or other jewelry.

Bottles of vintage champagne were salvaged last summer from an early 19th century shipwreck near Finland. 50 sealed bottles are expected to sell for about $68,000 each.

The previous record price for a bottle of champagne is $21,200 for a 1928 bottle of Krug.

Forecast and Conditions.

Beach conditions remain essentially unchanged. The forecast shows nothing as high as five foot seas for the next several days. That means more of the same.

You'll probably have to really hunt for anything much good. The good spots will be few and far between.

One piece of advice I would give is to take a look at the low tide areas. Also hunt out some of the off-beach spots.

I might give a hint or two on some of those in the next few days.

Happy hunting,