Friday, February 6, 2015

2/6/14 - Most Valuable Artifacts Ever Found! Eye-balled Sports Memorabilia Find. Lots of Wind But Very Little Erosion Found Today.

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One Treasure Coast Beach This Afternoon Before Low Tide
We got a good bit of wind the past couple of days - even some small amount of wind damage, yet not much happened to the beaches.  Above you can see a pretty typical Treasure Coast beach this afternoon.  Not very good detecting conditions at all despite the increased surf.  When I was there the water was hitting from the East. 

There was one beach that had about a four foot cut.  It was getting down close to some of the older sand layers in one spot, yet most of the erosion was in only in renourishment sand.  That erosion was caused by a renourishment project and the tons of sand that was dumped just to the north of heavily eroded spot.  As a result of the artificial beach, the wave energy was redirected.  That happens a lot.  You dump sand in one spot and an adjacent area badly erodes. 

To sum it up, despite all the wind we had, beach conditions remain poor.  There are a few eroded areas, but those are mostly caused by recent renourishment projects, and they are generally not where shipwreck items would be uncovered.  It is possible that a very few older items might pop up in rare spots.

I'm not expecting any significant improvement in overall beach detecting conditions anytime soon.


3.25 Inch Limestone Sculpture
Source:wikipedia Gruennel Lioness

What would be the thing you would most like to find?  Would it be gold, platinum or diamonds?  How about this 3.25 inch tall limestone figure? 

Take a look at this little beauty.  It is Guennol Lioness.  It is 5000 years old, and was found near Bagdad.  What do you think it is worth?

It sold at auction in 2007 for $57.2 million dollars.  It is one of the most valuable artfacts ever.

There are two sculptures by famous sculptures that have sold for more. One by Picasso and the other by Giacometti.

The next most valuable artifact of all time is could be Artemis and the Stag, a Hellenistic bronze sculpture that sold in 2007 for $28.6 million.

Artemis is just over 36 inches tall.  It was found in the 1920 during a construction project at a Roman site.

So if you ever wondered what the most valuable artifacts are, I just showed two of the top ten contenders.

You can learn more about those two and eight more of the most valuable artifacts by using the following link.

That should be a good reminder to keep your eyes open for non-metallic items while metal detecting.  You never know what you might find.


One fellow was picking up aluminum cans in Lexingon Creek when he found an interesting piece of sports memorabilia.  It was metallic, but it was eye-balled.  It was coin-like and had the 1955-56 basketball schedule for the University of Kentucky on it. 

Here is the link for more about that.


Too bad all of that wind didn't do more for us.

They are getting ready to dump more sand on South Inlet Park at Fort Pierce.  

They only get a dozen tourists there, and a few fisherman.  They must spend about a million dollars per tourist to dump sand there very year.  I'll be curious to see if this sand is filled mangled aluminum junk like it was the last time.

Happy hunting,