Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5/22/13 Rerport - Key Found, Ancient Coins, Hurricane Season, Navy Dolphin Finds 19th Century Relic & A Valuable Research Resource

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Recent Find by Fred B.
Photo by Fred B.
This key was found Sunday by Fred on one of the Treasure Coast shipwreck beaches.  Fred says it was heavily rusted but cleaned up well.  The key is about three inches long.

The side that you see above is unadorned.  On the other side there is a little more decoration, and also the tooth (See below) is only shaped on one side.

Interesting find! Congratulations Fred.

If you have any thoughts or information or have seen a similar key, let us know what you think might be the source or date of this key.

Here is an interesting story about a cache of old coins found in the sand in Australia during the 1940s.  Some of those coins are thought to be a thousand years old and suggest that Australia was a part of an ancient trade network.

The source of the cache is now being sought by a team using an old treasure map.

Thanks to Jorge Y. for submitting this story.

It seems that they think the 2013 storm season might be a lot like that of 2004.  You probably remember that year if you were around here.  That is the year multiple hurricanes made landfall on the Treasure Coast.

Here is a link on that submitted by Joan T.

A dolphin found a Howell torpedo from the 1800s.  It is only the second known to exist.

The dolphin was first ignored while on a training mission when it indicated the presence of the artifact where there were no training targets.

Dolphins use an advanced type of sonar.

Here is the link.,0,7621822.story

I was visiting an old area up north recently and was struck by how many good hunting areas there are around where I grew up.  I could think of at least a half a dozen sites where arrow heads are found within a mile of my childhood home.  And I knew where there were quite a few buildings that are no longer there.  A lot had changed since I had last been there.   I also knew where the old bottle dumps were.

 Most people that live there now wouldn't know about any of that.  That is why older people can be valuable resources.

Things change.  And they change pretty fast - at least it seems that way to someone that has been around for several decades.  I'd say that the people that grew up in the area are especially valuable resources for leads.

I remember how us kids got around.  We explored hills, valleys, creeks, cliffs, barns, ruins - you name it and we explored it.

And we also listened to the stories of older people who are now long departed.  Past generations knew where things used to be and where things happened and they told us kids, who were easily impressed.

My grandfather told me about when Buffalo Bill and his show visited the area.

And some of my older long departed relatives, while I was still a child told me of driving their cattle into town past an Indian camp beside Catfish Creek just outside of town.

If you are looking for leads, talk to some of the elders who grew up in the area.  Nobody will have the same level of personal knowledge of interesting places and things.

On the Treasure Coast the surf is still running around 2 - 4 feet.  The wind is pretty much from the south.

It looks like we'll be having some lower low tides.  That should be some help.

I'll be doing some research on the key.  Let me know what you think about that.

Happy hunting,