Friday, May 27, 2016

5/2716 Report - Tropical Weather. Sunken Peat Bogs and Mastodon Bones On The Beach At Fort Pierce In 1958. 82,000 Artifacts From Revolutionary War Site. WWII Sub Found.

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There is now some some weather east of us that has a 60% chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

If it goes as expected, it won't affect us much though.  We have a peak surf of only four feet predicted for Saturday.  Then the surf will decrease again.


Below is an interesting article from the Nov. 19, 1958 Fort Pierce Tribune.  It is difficult to read because the OCR software they used made quite a few mistakes.  Still, you might enjoy reading it.  I doctored it just a bit to make it a little easier to read but did not try to correct everything.


November 19, 1958  Fort Pierce Tribune

Dent Bones' Walked Around - On Our Soil 

The set of teeth found recently on North Beach by 8-year-old Brian Goff still lay unclaimed on the editor's desk today. But the discovery of dentures was not without repercussions, in that it brought a number comments.  Paw "You say it's news to find human false teeth mislaid on the beach," wrote one citizen, -referring to the Nov. 10 article in The News-Tribune. "Isn't it also news to find, as you claim, teeth from monsters that lived millions of years ago?" The story referred to mastodon teeth "4,000 years old" as having been found on the beach. "How come' mastodons on earth at the time of the Pharaohs?" asked one knowledgeable critic. "This is the first I hear of it-" And a third reader protested: "I haven't missed an edition of your paper for four years and I don't recall having read of any discovery of fossils on our beaches . . . Where do you find such things?" You Don't Ask Where» Well, we'll try to set the' record straight. The prehistoric relics in question were declared by University of Florida authorities to be from the Pleistocene Age, that is, 12 to 15 thousand years old. It is not particularly news that they turned up in Florida, which is a rich repository of fossils, but it certainly is of interest that they were, picked up on one of our bathing beaches, being spotted by a shell - hunter without any pretensions of pale-ontolngical (Cold bones) knowledge - This would be Mrs, Paul Mac-Mahon of 810 Sonlb. Sfh Street who has been beachcomhing (she has found, among other tilings, ing what the shells resemDl-rje implies) for five years. If you ask Mrs. MacMahon just where she found the prehistoric remains, her normally glittering eyes become glazed with the true scientist's reticence; might as well ask a fisherman for the location o£ his favorite fishin' hole. But the details of the find, and the specimens themselves, were brought to Gainesville by Miss Joan MacMahon, a former editor of McCarthy High's "GreCD and White." who is a UF student. Dr. Waller Auffenberg, university paleontologist, put them through the mill and recently he came up with his verdict. Look Like Something Elsa Joan's mother had found: 1. A lu-inch. length of mastodon tusk weighing 6 pounds (she had thought at first it was a piece of petrified tree); a long-extinct Chione shell embedded in the ivory helped fix the tusk's age 2. A six inch section of the molars of the mastodon (mam-mut americanus) which might be mistaken by the uninitiated for smoothed and blackened barnacles — their dark coloration coming from the peat in which they were embedded. 3. tipper and lower teeth from a prehistoric American horse. These could easily, be mistaken for debris of striped seashells. As to where they were found — in the shingle of shell and coral debris — this has singular interest in that it leads to another discovery: There are prehistoric peat-bogs Just off our shores. Those shiny dark patches that can be seen from the beach ddw and then when the tide is very low arc not chunks of asphalt from the old A1A or oil from passing ships; they are prehistoric bogs from which the ocean has temporarily swept their covering of sand. Cami Ov«r From Asia Swimmers wading waist-deep have actually slipped on them, and lost their footing, after a stiff nor'easter. Now and then a violent storm will rip into them and toss up onto the beach the remains of monsters that have been sleeping there since Florida was covered with ice. The curly - tusked mastodons did not plod about in swamps, like the dinosaurs and giant lizards, but rampaged over grassy waters, having trekked originally from Asia over what is now the Bering Strait. With them came the shaggy imperial mammoth, also a precursor of the elephant; the saber-toothed tiger, camels, bisons and the first American horse, which was about the size of a large dog, But none of the cowponies that change hands at the weekly Okeechobee auction are descendants of this dwarf quadruped; he was extinct thousands nf years before Cortez brought the first modern horses to America from Spain. Man Found At Vero Beach As to the finding of fossils in Florida, Dr. Auffenberg explained that the state is particularly rich in them because even in prehistoric times it was a peninsula, forming a trap, so to speak, for animals migrating from all parts of the continent. Remains are frequently brought to light by draglines, and almost anywhere in the state. Nor are they all pieces of animals-, bones of a prehistoric man, regarded by scientists as a major discovery, turned up some years ago near Vero Beach. t rrffirS-Trlttine f.riff S'hnlfi hy i-*-n MrNMIly) MASTODON'S MASTICATORS WKIA, HiKSKRVHO . . . . Afttr 12,000 Ytan In Peat-Boo Off Fori Pigrct B«ich 

Here is the link.

I thought that was interesting - traveling back to 1958.


That isn't what I set out to talk about today, but I wanted to lay the background for another discussion.  It looks like I'll get into my main point tomorrow.


Nice artifact image from the Philly Voice - see link below.

Archeologists uncovered some 82,000 artifact pieces spanning three centuries near Third and Chestnut streets when the visitors center was demolished to construct the new Museum of the American Revolution. Together, they tell the story of a developing city – a rarity when excavating urban sites...

Here is a link for more about that.


An Italian diver has found the wreck of the British submarine HMS P311, which vanished with 71 crew members off the coast of Sardinia during World War II...


I started out to write about the Florida Collection and some other observations on shipwreck treasures. As it turns out I didn't get that finished.  I'll pick up with that some other day.

It has been a while since I paid any attention to the National Hurricane Center weather maps, but it is getting to be that time of year.

As I said, I don't expect anything much in the next few days.

Happy hunting,