Thursday, May 12, 2016

5/12/16 Report - Diamond Ring Found In Shallow Water. Amphoras Full of Coins. Recovery Skills and Over-Scooping.

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Diamond Ring Find by Shannon F.

Here is an email from Shannon F telling about finding the above diamond ring.

I'm dropping you a line to tell you a quick story about detecting in chest deep water at the beach. I went out at around dark with the tide almost low and started hunting. After about an hour I had found 2 silver rings and about a coffee can worth of trash. I was walking out in about knee deep water when I got a quick silver/gold tone/number. So I dug a 2 foot deep hole and couldn't find the target. I said heck with it and was walking up the beach. I was almost to the showers but couldn't let it go. I went back and dug like a man possessed. Moral of the story: NEVER GIVE UP ON A TARGET. 18kt with a nice real diamond.

Thanks for sharing Shannon!


Amphoras Filled With Coins Found By Construction Crew.

Some 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries have been unearthed by construction workers digging ditches in Spain.

The find, in 19 amphoras — storage containers — is unique not only because of the volume of coins but because the coins appear to have never been in circulation, making them almost pristine by comparison with other discoveries.

Workers in the city of Tomares, in Andalusia, were working on installing a water line to a park in the city of 24,000, according to the Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s, when they noticed irregular terrain inside a ditch about a meter below ground level...

Here is the link.


Pinpointing and recovery skills can save a lot of time.  It is a big waste of time to over-scoop.  By that I mean scooping up more sand than is needed.  That can be caused by digging too deep.

Even if you don't have or use a depth meter you can learn to tell about how deep an object is buried.  Besides giving a louder signal objects near the surface will often give a more distinct sound.  The edges of the target will sound sharper, while deeper targets will give a softer sound, and the signal will not appear as sharp or distinct.

Pinpoint or non-motion mode will often make it easier to determine depth and size of the object from the sound of the signal.

If the object is right on the surface, just skim the surface with your scoop and no sifting will be necessary.  Of course you don't want to hit the object with your scoop in case the object is something that might be damaged.

Just dig as deep as necessary and no deeper.  Wet sand makes sifting a lot more difficult, as does shells and rocks.  Use the surf when possible, to help sift sand through your scoop more quickly.

Sometimes it is actually faster to take multiple scoops rather than filling the scoop and having the object slip off the top of the sand as the scoop is raised,  That is particularly true in the water where object might not fall straight down.  Objects that fall off as you raise the scoop might take a few seconds or more to find again, especially if the water is rough.


On the Treasure Coast today we'll have a two to three foot surf, a south wind and moderating tides.

Happy hunting,