Sunday, July 3, 2016

7/3/16 Report - Great Book On Early Spanish Colonial Peru Free Online. Gold Nugget The Size Of A Man's Head Lost In Shipwreck. Few Comments On Detector Reviews.

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There are many types of crosses.  A Greek cross is a cross with the vertical and horiontal bars having the same length.  It looks like a big plus sign.  That is the type of cross you see on many cobs.

I found an interesting book the other day that was published in 1688.  The title is Royal Commentaries of Peru: The first part is about  the Incas and their kings, idolatry,  laws and government, and the conquests of the Incas.  The second part describes how the New World was conquered by the Spaniards. 

The book presents many observations from the 1500s.  One example is the following excerpt commenting on a Greek cross of white marble that was hanging in a church vestry in 1560 follows.

Here is the excerpt.

In this old document the f is read as "s."  There are other peculiarities in the language of the time, but it isn't too difficult to figure out in most cases.

Click here to browse the entire book online.

Here is another example that I thought was interesting.

So out there somewhere on a shipwreck site should be a piece of gold ore the size of a human head. Obviously it would have been a very early wreck.

Books like this provide a lot of interesting information.

The author gave the price of many articles bought and sold in the economy of Peru in "pieces of eight."  Of course the price of items from Spain that were rare in the New World were very high until the items became more common.

You might want to browse through the book.  You can do word or phrase search even though it is a little awkward.


I was reading a review of a metal detector that I have used a lot.  Some of the what I read in the review was very different from what I have observed of the same detector.  I started wondering if the reviewer had actually used the detector.  I suppose he had, but not a lot.

You often see reviews that are 180 degrees off.  One person will say something is excellent, while another person will say it is poor.  I've wondered how different people can get such different opinions of the same detector.

One thing I'm sure of is that some reviews are done by people that take a detector out of the box and do a review before they really know how to use the detector well.  You can't believe everything you read.

Some people fall in love with one detector or another, which is OK, I guess, but they are seldom fair to  other detectors, which they have not used nearly as much.

Some types of detectors require a lot of time for the user to become skilled in using that particular detector.  Others, not so much.

It is important, that you spend the necessary time to learn to use your detector well, whether that is a lot or a little.

Spend some time on air tests, ground tests, and experiment in the field.  Few new detectorists experiment enough with their new detector, and many detectorists fall into a habit of using their detector with one set of settings and not explore what they can o with other settings.  It is easy to fall into a habit or pattern and not learn to make adjustments to different situations.  Learn to get the most out of your detector by experimenting with different test targets in different environments. Make the adjustments to maximize the signal to different targets.  Reading the instruction manual isn't enough, and a lot of people don't do that.


We're supposed to have a one to two-foot surf for a couple of weeks.  That means no beach condition changes but easy water hunting.

With the holiday weekend there will be a lot of beach goers and losses.  There will also be trash from fireworks etc.

There is no tropical weather of any significance.

Wear sun block.  Be prepared for thunder storms.

Be safe.

Happy hunting,