Monday, October 22, 2012

10/22/12 Report - Storms in the Atlantic & Great Research Tips

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The Atlantic is becoming more active again.  There are two storms to watch.

The first has an 80% chance of becoming a cyclone very soon.  It is below Jamaica.

The second is east of the West Indies and has a 40% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.  We'll need to watch those.

On the Treasure Coast the wind really picked up this morning and is now coming from the northeast.   The surf web sites said that the seas would only be about two feet today, but I'd be very surprised if it isn't pretty rough out there.  I'll have to get  out to take a look before long.

The surf web sites are predicting increasing seas today and through the week, gradually increasing up to about six feet by Saturday.

That could possibly lead to improved detecting conditions by then.

Research is important.  I've been receiving emails from people asking for good detecting sites. If you do your research not only will you get some new clues on where to hunt, but you'll also be better prepared to interpret what you see in the field.

One good source of research these days are the collections of university theses and dissertations.  They used to be published in Dissertations Abstracts International but now can often be found on the internet where anybody can find them.

Of course many dissertations are very technical and will be of no interest to detectorists, but many in  fields such as history or anthropology  will provide a lot of good information.

I found an interesting chapter of a FSU anthropology thesis about submerged archaeology sites in Franklin county.  The chapter talks about shipwrecks such as the HMS Fox and Le Tigre and fifteen other ships that were anchoring at Dog Island when a storm destroyed the area   The chapter presents a lot of good history and some nice photos.

But one thing in particular that I wanted to point out is what they say about the changes in the size and shape of the island and the forces that caused those changes.  The same forces work on the Treasure Coast to change the coastline.  That has something to do with where old things will be found.  Some things will be buried by the changing coastline and others exposed, depending upon whether that area is eroding or accreting.

Here is the link to that chaper.

Did you know that the House of Refuge in Martin County was moved back 35 or 40 feet in 1935 because of erosion?  It was.  The Treasure Coast coastline has changed and will continue to change.
Some big changes occur around the inlets.   I've talked about that a little in the past.  And also, I've mentioned before there are short term and long term changes.

Talking about the House of Refuge, you might not know that there was also a House of Refuge in present day St. Lucie County and one in Indian River county.

The one in St. Lucie County is thought to have been at the north end of Pepper Park.

The one in Indian River County is thought to have been near Jaycee Park.

I found out about those and others in an FSU anthropology thesis.

Theses and dissertations, like I said can be very technical and have sections that are of little or no interest to the detectorist, but they also usually have a good bibliography at the end.  You might want to check any relevant bibliography. 

The illustrations are often concentrated near the end, so sometimes you might want to quickly skip over some material to find what you are  interested in.

Here is the link to the FSU theses and dissertation collection.;browse_by=department

Browse through the history and anthropology departments for anything of interest.

It seems the Mars rover may have found trash on Mars.  Actually they haven't determined yet what it is.

Here is that link.

Happy hunting,