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Gold Onyx Man's Ring Metal Detector Find.
People don't realize how many rings and items are returned by detectorists. In one post not too long ago I mentioned how many class rings were returned by one detectorist down in Fort Lauderdale. A lot of people got their lost class rings back because of this one detectorist. Of course I don't have any way of knowing how many get returned every year, but I personally know of a lot of rings that have been returned to their happy owners.
Fort Lauderdale is now in the news and the metal detecting communtiy needs to act before it is too late. Not only could detectorists lose their hobby, but people would have to give up on any chance of their valuables ever being found and returned.
Here we go again. Every time they make a discovery, they want to ban metal detectors (except the ones they are using, I would guess). But this time, not only are they talking about banning metal detectors, but they are talking about putting up video surveillance cameras where people for decades have gone to sun-bathe and spend a nice quiet day with the family. There is so much paranoia and so many control freaks that soon you won't be able to go sun bathing without being on camera.
Every square inch of that beach around old Fort Lauderdale has been gone over by a detector thousands of times over, but guess what, all of those detectorists did not remove any of the artifacts that were recently discovered when the area was recently excavated. So what is the reason for all of the sudden hysteria about someone rumored to have picked up some out-of-context musket ball that somehow recently happened to find it's way to the top few inches of sand?
Did you notice that in the photo, the archaeologist using a detector was down a few feet in an excavation? Why do they think that after all of the years that those artifacts remained safely buried in the ground despite the fact that the area is one of the most heavily detected areas on the face of the earth, that all of those artifacts are suddenly going to disappear? The detectorists that detect that area are not digging six foot trenches and that is one reason those artifacts have remained safely buried even though detectorists have been covering that same sand for decades.
And here is the Sun-Sentinel article with comments plus the names of those who you might want to contact.
Metal detecting community, make your voices heard before it is too late.