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|Pot Shards From Manila Galleon|
Source: Xinhualin link below.
The first thing I want to mention today is the big tides that will be combined with a 4 - 6 foot surf today and an even bigger surf tomorrow. Unfortunately the winds will hit straight on, but there could be enough water action to help, especially tomorrow.
High water can result in a few scattered cobs on the beach even if there are not much of any cuts. However, you can almost always find some erosion if you look around enough after high water, especially around rocks and other natural or man made obstacles.
4PM update: I was out this afternoon and as a result am giving a Treasure Coast a beach detecting conditions rating of a 2.
Hurricane Matthew uncovered Civil War ordnance in South Carolina, One corroded clump of grenades was exploded.
Trae R. sent the following link.
Here is another link about the same thing.
That reminds me of the grapeshot I found in the Carribbean, but left there because to take it on the plane could have meant hefty fines or other troubles.
Mexican archaeologists have uncovered thousands of fragments of a 400-year-old shipment of Chinese "export-quality porcelain" that was long buried in the Pacific Coast port of Acapulco.
The shipment of rice bowls, cups, plates and platters dates from the reign of the Ming Dynasty's 13th emperor, Wanli (1572-1620), and is believed to have arrived in Acapulco aboard the China Galleon, which regularly sailed between Asia and the New World...
Evidence even shows that starting in 1565, the return trips to Mexico were manned by Chinese crews, said Fonseca.
Here is the link.
I've talked a good bit in the past about Kang-hsi porcelain, which is sometimes found on 1715 Fleet beaches. I've posted pictures of shards in the past and even provided information on how to identify Kang-hsi (See photo above.). My 3/29/13 post is one that talks a little about Kang-hsi porcelain.
Obviously not all blue on white shards are Kang-hsi. There was other pottery shipped in the Manila galleons that was not as fine as the Kang-hsi. Lower quality pots were used for storage.
You can learn to easily distinguish between lower quality pottery and Kang-hsi.
Here is a link to a great but brief overview of the archaeology of the Manila galleons.
That is all for now.