Saturday, May 25, 2013

5/25/13 Report - Unusual Gold Cross Found in Everglades, Washington Dollar Errors & Personal History

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Partly Melted Gold Cross Found in Everglades.
Photo from
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Here is a really interesting Florida story about an unexpected find.

A high karat gold cross was found in the Everglades by python hunters.  The cross with diamonds and saphires was partly melted.  The Celtic cross was found in the debris field of an airplane crash.  Attempts are being made to find the owners.

The cross bears "rose cut" diamonds, which suggests some age to the cross.

This shows once again how things can be found at anytime.  You never know where or when, and if you keep your eyes open, sometimes can be found without a detector.

The Fishers will have four boats working this summer.  The Dare will be looking for the Lost Merchant with the HAUV. The  crew of the Magruder will be on the Atocha site, and there will be two boats working the Margarita site.

Here is a great web site about Washington dollar errors.

And here is an article about missionaries in the New World.

Rusted Eye-Balled Belt Buckle.

I told you a few things about my trip up north.  I did a little hunting on an old Indian and wagon trail.  I've found horse shoes and old coins and various artifacts on this trail before.  Arrow heads are fairly common there.  I also found an early 1930s high school class ring there.

On this trip I was a little surprised to find an eye-balled rusted belt buckle on the trail.  (See photo.)  It was a surface find.  I don't think it is very old, but I don't know.  I'm just going on first impressions.

Given how many people detect there for artifacts I was a little surprised to find the belt buckle in plain sight.  Yearly erosion does move and expose new things every year. Surely the people who detect here aren't using discrimination.  There are a lot of artifacts there.

A thick layer of dead leaves can make eye-balling difficult certain times of the year.
Deer Path

Here is a view from the wagon trail looking across a stream to a deer path.  You might have difficulty picking out the deer path, but it is there.

Another funny thing: I found a marble in one hoof print out there in the woods.

Keep your eyes open for clues like that.

Layers and layers of objects from different times can often be found in one area.

Like I was saying, things can be found almost anywhere.

If you remember me talking about the elderly as good resources for identifying locations having a lot of history, that made me think of something else.  There is what I will call "personal history."   Not all history is significant to people who were not involved or who have no connection to the times, places and events.

"Personal history" is only highly significant to those who in some way lived it or are in some way connected to it.   In defining "history" as anything and everything that happened in the past under the guise of saving history for "the people,"  people are robbed of their own personal history.  "Protecting" personal history and putting it in a museum or making it off-limits, in my opinion can rob those for whom it has the greatest (and perhaps only) meaning.

I am arguing once again for archaeology and the state to better define priorities and strategies rather than saying that almost everything and anything is equally significant archaeologically and historically and therefore off-limits to the general population.

On the Treasure Coast last night, the wind shifted.  I heard it pick up last night, and today it is now coming from the east/northeast.

The low tide should be unusually low today.

While the surf is only around 3 feet today, it will be increasing significantly through the week, reaching up to six feet by Friday if the current predictions are correct.

I'm eager to see if that actually happens.  I hope so.

Happy hunting,