Sunday, March 12, 2017

3/13/17 Report - Things To Be Found On Treasure Coast Beaches. iPirates. One Bad Apple.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

John Brooks Beach This Afternoon Near Low Tide
The nice cuts at John Brooks are now mostly gone.  I checked another beach at low tide.  No cuts there either, but there were none at the second beach back when John Brooks was cut.   Back then there were a couple of nice dips at the other beach that had since filled in.  Still there were a good number of seasoned clad US coins and other items in the wet sand area.  Almost all were a foot or more deep even if they weren't old.  When you find zinc pennies a foot deep, conditions aren't real good.  Also found were pieces of old copper sheathing - most with a lot of green crust except where it was worn off by the surf and sand.

Most targets were under a foot or so of sand and laying on a buried layer of shells.  I gave up on several holes.  There were too many people around to get out a shovel and really go for the deep ones. There was a good chance of a spike or something like that.


You can tell nails, spikes, fish hooks and similar elongated objects from the signal if you run and pinpoint or all metals mode.  That would be true of many detectors even if they do not have target ID meters or screens or discrimination.


You probably know something about England's Portable Antiquities Scheme.  A policeman in England was arrested for stealing gold coins that he found with a metal detector.  He failed to report them to the coroner, as required by PAS.  He also made a deal to split finds 50/50 with the landowner, but did not honor that agreement either.  He was jailed.

It was a very significant find too!

Here is the link for the rest of that story.

Thanks to Steve from Iowa for that story.


The following paragraph about the cyber weapons can be found on the wikileaks web site.

Securing such 'weapons' is particularly difficult since the same people who develop and use them have the skills to exfiltrate copies without leaving traces — sometimes by using the very same 'weapons' against the organizations that contain them. There are substantial price incentives for government hackers and consultants to obtain copies since there is a global "vulnerability market" that will pay hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for copies of such 'weapons'. Similarly, contractors and companies who obtain such 'weapons' sometimes use them for their own purposes, obtaining advantage over their competitors in selling 'hacking' services.

The world of digital information is becoming very pervasive.  Transactions are increasingly made without the exchange of money, and everything from museum displays to movie sets that once consisted of physical models at real locations are now created digitally.

What does that have to do with treasure hunting you might ask.  I commented once before on how metal detectors that gather GPS data can be bugged and hacked.  But who wants to hack a detector of a coin shooter on a beach?  Probably nobody, but what if the policeman in the story above stored the GPS locations of the gold coins he found on his detector.  That could then become evidence.  That is just one example.

Some people are already mining digital information illegally.  And that information can then be sold. The point being that treasure can take many forms.  It doesn't even have to be tangible.  It can be digital.

It is my thought that treasure hunting in the future might have more to do with information mining than digging coins.  Just a wild idea.

I've always found it entertaining to think about how things can be done differently.  It is too easy to do what has already been done and what everybody else is doing.  I think there are often excellent alternatives to be found if someone is creative enough to really think and give it a try.

Don't get me wrong.  The point of this is not that you should pirate information or do anything illegal. The point is that the world is changing and will continue to change.  You can either be out on the edge or following the crowd.  One way of saying that is, "You can be ahead, or you can be a behind." Just a little play on words.

Here is the link to the wikileaks web site.


Despite the relatively poor conditions for finding shipwreck treasure on the Treasure Coast beaches, you can still find modern items and even perhaps a few shipwreck items such as spikes and EOs.

The surf is small by the tides are fairly big.  The water was pretty high on the beach yesterday.  I found darkened and encrusted modern coins and a few pieces of copper and things almost all the way up the slope of one beach.

Happy hunting,