Monday, August 18, 2014

8/18/14 Report - A Million Dollar Reliquary Pendant MD Find. More On Reliquary Pendants. Beaches Change During Level 1 Conditions Too!

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16th Century Reliquary Pendat
Source; ukwirenews link.
Back in 2010 a four year old and his father using a metal detector found a 16th Century gold religious pendant (See photo.).  I reported on the find, but in light of the recently posted information from Laura Strolia that  identified the Booty's find as a reliquary pendant , I wanted to point out the fact that I also recently learned that the 16th century pendant was also a reliquary pendant.   It once had a back panel that opened. 

I think that is a very attractive and unusual item.

Here are two links for more details on the 16th century pendant.

And my 11/20/10 post.

That is one attractive and neat pendant.  Worth a lot too!

While on the subject of reliquaries, Laura Strolia sent me some additional information and another link on the subject. 

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics in Ohio has hundreds of reliquaries, including relics enclosed in golden sunbursts of many different designs.  The round clear cases containing the relics are sometimes only an inch in diameter or less.  Many reliquaries throughout history were intentionally made with built-in metal rings for the purpose of hanging on walls – Laura Strolia  
One can see examples at:

Thanks again, Laura.

Beaches can change very significantly, even when there is very little surf, as has been the case lately.   I'm not talking about the big changes that occur when you have a big surf that can change my beach conditions rating.  I'm talking here about the very subtle changes, that unless you are really paying close attention, might not be noticed.  If you are hunting recently dropped items, those small changes can be very significant.

As you probably know my beach conditions ratings are designed to give some estimation of the chances of finding old items on the beach.  When we are having storms or big waves, huge amounts of sand can be moved in very little time.  Those changes are hard to miss.  Big cuts occur.  Where there was once a big pile of sand, there will be cliffs and erosion.  That isn't what I'm talking about today.

The changes that I'm talking about now are the changes that occur when the weather is more like what we have been having for the past month or more.  Those changes occur during periods of calm surf.  They aren't nearly as obvious and they don't increase the chances of finding old items.  They do, however, affect the beach enough to determine where you will have the best chance of finding recently dropped items.

A few weeks ago one beach had a hard flat front beach.  Modern items including coins and jewelry were being found clustered in a few hot spots on the wet sand area of the beach.  Now the hot spots have moved.

Unless you were observing carefully you might not have noticed the change to that beach, but a foot or maybe more of sand has been added to that front beach area and the old hot spots disappeared.

It is not easy to see the change in the level of sand like that.   If I had a stationary post or something to measure the change in the level of sand, I suspect it might measure a foot or two of additional sand, but to the casual observer the change in level isn't noticeable since it is so gradual and spread over such a large area.

I used to often say that there is always some where to hunt and something to be found.  Lately it has been challenging to find the few scattered better areas where concentration of good items could be found.   There are still a few out there even though they are few and far between.

Some of the hot spots of a week or more ago have moved.  I suspect the change is due at least in part to the big tides we had.  On the beach where I was working a hot spot back a week or so ago, the best spot is now maybe twenty yards to the East and out in the water  

When the sand accumulates in one place, it came from someplace else.  The trick is to find the place where the sand has moved from.  That is where you will often find items besides those that were dropped just a few hours ago and possibly even items that were out of detector range for a while. 

I hope it is clear that I'm talking today about areas that are affected by moving water and not the dry sand today.  

Today I want to alert you to the fact that even when we aren't seeing the kind of beach changes that affect my beach conditions ratings, there are still small but important changes taking place.  They determine where you will have the best chance of finding modern items.  Those change occur during times of level 1 beach conditions.  Those changes are much less obvious, but still important when you are hunting modern items.  Hot spots still exist, as few and scattered as they might be, but they can move from day to day.

People have been getting ready for school to start again.   When school starts there will be fewer beach goers on the beach during week days until the snow birds return.

The weather disturbance that I've been mentioning for a few days is now nearly half way between us and the Atlantic.  Still far out and hasn't formed yet.

On the Treasure Coast it is still the same old thing.  Very calm surf.

As I explained today, there are still some scattered concentrations out there.  A lot of people have simply been hunting the dry sand.

Like I said yesterday, there is one very exciting inland project going on.  Very exciting.  Can't wait until I can tell you about it.

The posts about the hull pins, reliquary pendant and 1715 Fleet inscriptions are the kind of thing that I think makes very good posts.   I don't know how others feel about it though.   That is why using the plus button can help me know which ones you like.  I can't go by number of readers alone, because that fluctuates around holidays and different things as well as how much publicity a post receives.

Happy hunting,