Thursday, March 17, 2016

3/17/16 Report - Foot Fanning and Expanding Holes. 12.5 Karat Diamond Ring Lost and Found.

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14K Ring That Gave Penny ID
Submitted by Robert H.
Here is one more example of the dangers of going totally by target ID meters.  This ring rang up as a penny on the CTX 3030.   There is simply no perfect target ID system.  You can use it as much as you want, but beware of possible mistakes and make your decisions accordingly.

Thanks much to Robert H. for this example.


A 12.5 karat diamond ring was accidentally thrown in the trash but was found in tons of trash by a waste company worker.

Here is the link.


I hope you took the time to look at the report on the Vasco da Gama ship.   It has a lot of very good information and a lot of hints for the detectorist or treasure hunter.  It talks a lot about the location of the wreck and distribution or artifacts.  Here is that link once again.


I like to find areas with a good concentration of good targets.  There are times when a hole just keeps getting bigger and bigger and produces more and more targets.

Here is one example of when I found an excellent shallow water spot.  The bottom was covered by rock and sand.  The rocks were close together and there was enough sand on and between the rocks that it was impossible to dig with a scoop.  It was almost like pavement.  I used one of my favorite techniques, foot fanning, to make holes.  I've described it before.

By fanning with my foot, the sand would be lifted from over and between the rocks and the rocks would then come up.  The targets would also eventually pop up out of the hole a lot of the time.

After the first hole was made and the first target retrieved, I then scanned the hole with my coil to see if there were any other targets in the hole.

In this example there was one in the side of the hole, so I fanned again to the side of the hole, which made the hole larger.  The second target was retrieved.  Then the hole was scanned again and another target located.  This was repeated over and over and the hole got larger and larger as it got both wider and deeper.  That continued for quite a while.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of good targets were retrieved.

In the simple illustration above, the brown circles represent rocks, The black dip is the first hole, the orange is the second hole, the purple is the third hole the yellow is the fourth hole, etc.  Targets were between and under rocks.

When you get in a good area like that, make sure to detect the sides and bottom of the hole after you remove sand and rocks.  As the hole gets bigger and deeper, more targets might be detected.  Take advantage of the additional depth you get by making the hole deeper.

I'd have to find my records, but I know a lot of coins and gold was found in that area.  It kept me busy a couple of days.


The surf will increase a little today, reaching 3 or 4 feet by tomorrow, then not much more.

Happy St. Patricks Day,