Wednesday, March 28, 2012
3/28/12 Report - Detectorist Returns 12 Class Rings To Owners & Alabama Archaeologists Misuse State Resources
Written by the Treasureguide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.
One Treasure Coast Beach This Morning.
Notice the low flat beach front.
I wouldn't expect any coins there, but maybe a spike or something like that.
Most of the beaches had a higher beach front and a lot of freshly piled up sand.
It looks like they dredged up more than sand for the fill at the Fort Pierce inlet. There is a heck of a lot of junk, especially pieces of plastic sheets.
That and the tangled line could be a danger to the sea turtles.
I'm surprised that they didn't somehow filter out or at least clean up this junk.
Junk Left After Beach Renourishment Project.
Not real Beautifying!
Bob M. emailed me with the following. I searched and found my old log book, Aug, 89-Oct, 94. I have found 13 and returned 12. Off Ft. Laud. beach.
He was talking about class rings, and that is a great return rate. You can't always find the owners, but he evidently did a lot of work and found all but one.
Thanks Bob. That is great.
If metal detecting wasn't allowed that would be 12 class rings that would be lost forever.
Those 12 people are undoubtedly very glad that there are people who metal detect. It also shows how wrong it is to characterize detectorists as greedy looters and grave robbers.
I wish I knew how many lost items of sentimental value have been returned by the thousands and thousands of detectorists around the country.
Yesterday I said that there are people on both sides that don't always do the right thing. Alabama state employees (archaeologists) were caught using the state office, time and equipment to fight legislation.
The Alabama Political Reporter says that "In what should have been a routine change to clarify an existing statute a vicious battle has erupted where a state agency and some of its employees may have misused their office and broken standard employee protocol."
“The problem is that the current law is confusing to local law enforcement officers who have been misled by some bureaucrats and told that divers or prospectors could not dive and find items that are not cultural resources,” said Steve Phillips.
But evidently not otherwise having much to do, the archaeologists jumped into what seems to be one of their primary occupations these days - lobbying for legislation to turn the world into their private sandbox.
You might want to contact the Alabama legislature if you are an Alabama citizen.
Here is the link if you want to read more about that.
Thanks to James F. for submitting the link.
Stay active and involved. Our voices were heard recently in Florida, but evidently the other side is not ready to rest.
I've heard a number of complaints from people that have donated items to museums and the items disappeared and they never got them back.
It would be better if the archaeological community would quit making enemies of the tax-paing public who funds much of their work. That is simply self-defeating. I hope they come to realize that. It would be better for them and the public who they are supposed to serve.
One Guy Cleaning Up Junk at Fort Pierce Jetty Park.
If we all remove one small bag of junk when we go to the beach, before long it will be cleaned up.
We'll have three or four foot seas for a couple of days and then decreasing seas, down to one foot or so by Sunday.
You might want to do a little shallow water hunting this weekend - not in leased salvage areas though.
If you dig up some small pieces of metal stamped TG XXXX. The last four digits are numbers.
We might have a little experiment.