Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2/26/13 Report - Ballast Stone Used By Ais, Jupiter Dip & Reward for Stolen Gold

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Yesterday I talked a little about ballast stones.  I'll now show you two photos of a special ballast stone found on the Treasure Coast and submitted by William M.

Ballast Stone Used Ais
William said, This ballast stone was found in the early nineties on the Treasure Coast. It was found with Ais Indian chipped stone artifacts...It apparently was kept by one of the Indian salvage divers and used as a hammer stone for making stone tools.

Notice the size and shape of this stone.  As I mentioned yesterday, it seems to me that the ones that I've seen on the beach are the smaller ones.  That makes sense, especially because they tend to be relatively round and would tend to roll back down the slope after being pushed up onto the beach by waves.

If you watch how things are washed around in the swash, you'll see what I'm talking about.

Notice how the same stone (shown below) fits nicely into the hand and how it could be used for knapping.

Same Ballast Stone 
Ballast Stone and Knapped Stones
Found in Close Proximity.

Thanks for sharing these finds William.  

Yesterday someone said they couldn't see the dip in the photo of Jupiter Inlet beach.  Maybe you can see it more clearly in this clip of the same photo.  

Notice the detectorist, which you can see at the bottom left corner of this clip of yesterday's photo by John L.

Also I think you can see the dip clearly in this photo with the small sand bar built up just in front of it.

Clip From Yesterday's Photo Showing Closeup of Dip.

Notice also the seaweed, which defines a previous high tide line - actually two high tides.

When I first look at a beach like this, my eye would first be drawn to the dip, its size, shape and depth, then the sand bar directly in front, and then the sea weed.  

Some of the dip has already been filled in by the sand coming in again after being washed out.

Thanks again to John L. for the original photo.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of $750,000 in gold stolen from a New Jersey mining museum display in 2011.

Here is the link.

I guess this is a good time to once again remind everyone to not keep valuable finds at home.  A safe deposit box is a good idea.

Does anyone know if they ever found the thieves that stole the gold bar from the Mel Fisher museum in Key West?

On the Treasure Coast we have a gentle breeze from the south and a 3 - 4 foot surf today (Tuesday).  Tomorrow the surf will increase up to possibly 5 feet.

The wind direction combined with surf height will not improve beach detecting conditions.  You might however start to see more shells and lighter materials pile up on the front beach.

Also some movement of sand on the very front beach, especially in areas where obstacles obstruct the natural flow of sand.

Happy hunting,